a Photographic Journey by Meryl

Phantoms

Passing

Passing

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Enlighten

You get to the point where your demons get
smaller and smaller and you get bigger and bigger.”
August Wilson

EnlightenSorry I’ve been away so long…
I travelled to the West Coast where
I worked on a number of my collections
including an exciting new documentary project
with a friend from Seattle that’s related to my Phantoms.
Here’s a new one that I took in downtown Los Angeles…
Happy to be Back!

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Together

virtually
in step
locked
together
connected
Together

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Rebooted

One of the benefits of all this blogging
is the feedback received on my work. Last week
I responded to a generous offer of a Picture Critique by Otto of
Munchows Creative Photo Blog.  In response I submitted my latest Phantom.
I knew that the background was too busy, but didn’t know quite how to improve it.
Within a few days, I had the answer. Otto simply suggested that I darken it so it almost appears
like night and increase the contrast in the foreground. Here’s the result…
Let me know what you think.
Thank you Otto!

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Powerless

lost my head
where’d it go
disconnected
who do I know

lost my head
boots keep walking
Yay a landline
am I talking
The  recent loss of power by so many of us
in the Northeast has fed right into my persistent belief
–and the premise of my Phantoms series—that we are perilously too
reliant on technology in order to communicate on the most basic level.
Now when I view the most recent Phantom taken in New York about
a week before the hurricane, I’m quite spooked by
the premonition it seemed to convey…

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Invisible

they say
she looks
her best
toned legs
ample breasts

why can’t
she rest
food aplenty
passed
her tests

why must
she wear
her heart
on her
chest

I say
why can’t
you listen
look inside
my refrain

why can’t
you see
me my
invisible
pain

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Scissored

going, going
halfway gone
headed south
oh so strong

scissored arms
scissored legs
moving past me
my own egg

Today I will be driving with my daughter to her new home
in the city where she will be starting her adult life. Quite a milestone
in her life and mine. Half of me wants to hold onto that little girl, the one
who hung onto my leg, who wouldn’t leave my side, who asked question after
question until they became too difficult for me to answer. The other half is mesmerized
by her mind, her beauty, but mostly by her strength and perseverance.
I’m sad, but oh so proud.

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Demon

headstrong
chamber full
pants outgrown
shirt so black

he knocks
then pounds
make room
clandestine attack

tap gently
turn the key
demon transfer
possibility

We all have our demons.
But what to do when they come knocking
in our dreams, in our thoughts, at our real doors?
For years, I was at their mercy, became paralyzed with fear
when they appeared in nightmares, on the phone, in a letter or at my door.
I would disappear, hand over my power just like that. Through recovery,
I’ve learned that I have a choice. To let then possess me…..or let
them pass through me, just like this Phantom displayed here.
What I’ve learned is that they come from the past which
is no longer….that today they exist
only if I let them.

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Pace


morning stroll
with my pet
under control
in step

making plans
in high gear
lightheaded
disappear

re-emerge
historic place
winter hibiscus
slower pace

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Fleeting

corners turned

canines flossed

fires extinguished

iPad embossed

apologies texted

placentas tossed

diary shredded

cowboys Indians

fleeting

lost

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Idle

dare I
stop stare
chat chew sip
some green water
like Jackie O
idle for a
while

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Letting Go II

 pedal into the night
trying hard my plight
disappear grow light
letting go take flight
give up the fight

turn not left nor right
coast pulled by a kite
thinking black and white
surrender not today
tomorrow I might

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second stanza courtesy of Jeff Egan of Chicago
I invite you to add lines to my poems if so inspired
via comments and will post my favorites with permission
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Angel

Deep down
he lies still survives

Lift me up
stop the spiral

Choose what’s white
not black and viral

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Transition

Crossing campus
bundled in blue
how many chapters
have I been through
back to beginning
targets and goals
how about hopscotch
free no tolls

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Detach

monkey
chattering
with demands
spin around
knock off
Detach

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