Polly

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Sunlit Still

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In response to the sepia photograph prompt at The Mag which was a new find for me in 2012 – now taking a bit of a break – this ekphrastic poem:

Sunlit Still

Captured for
all time
in the silent
shadows.

A sunlit room,
snapshots
in time
in a snapshot of time.

Unlit candles
cast darkness on sills.
A frozen head
observes
time stands still.

It is 10:30.
It remains 10:30.
It will never be other
than 10:30.

Polly Stretton ยฉ 2016

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57 thoughts on “Sunlit Still

  1. Time stood still when things are left on their own. But it’s good to take a look from time to time. Nice write, Polly!

    Hank

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  2. Glad you found the Mag. I enjoy Tess’s prompt art pics. I like this Polly. Love the attention to time standing still at 10:30. I liked this pic because while the room is empty, bare, the light flooding in lifts the gloom of it, I think.
    Very nice write.

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    • Thanks Bren ~ good to see you enjoyed Sunlit Still ~ was intrigued to find out what time the clock said as photos just capture the moment … love the light in the gloomy room too.

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  3. and if 1030 was good, that is a good thing but just don’t get caught in the wrong moment…smiles….too bad we can not capture some moments….

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    • heh-heh … trust you Brian!

      You’re right, it is too bad we cannot capture some moments, miss them by seconds sometimes ‘eh?

      Thanks for your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Wow! I like this. Times stands still…it will never be another time….
    I focused on the clock too. It seems to command the room.

    Thanks!

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  5. I was standing in that room, your poem brought me there. Love your description.

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    • Mmmm … the picture seems to draw one in too, I felt curious about it, wanted to know more. I see lots of writers have made up whole stories about it, fascinating.

      Glad you like the poem and description Dan ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Great to see you at The Mag ~

    I like the captured stillness…the clock time was a good clear image ~

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  7. Frozen head…shivers!

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  8. Frozen in time, there’s a sense that something dramatic happened at the moment the clock stopped. It evokes some disaster, Marie-Celeste style.

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  9. Great prompt, wasn’t it? And your fixation on 10:30 pulled me in.

    =)

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  10. Frozen in time… makes me wonder what happened before this.

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  11. That’s chilling. Never able to escape. “Frozen head” so much like severed head…witty. Thank you.

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  12. Yes, that 10:30 will never again be seen…what did happen at that moment… makes me wonder. Enjoyed this, Polly…thanks for that!

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  13. Reminds me of my Grandmother’s house!

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  14. Ooo it has an eeriness to it!
    Lovely piece – lovely photograph too!

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  15. Oh how much I would live there and bring the room back to life…

    Anna :o]

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  16. Somehow I missed your poem first time around … love this, especially how you ended it.

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  17. I can hear the creaking of the wooden floors and the air reading your poem, Beautifully penned ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Great piece. Image and words melded perfectly. Thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed this.

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  19. Beautifully evocative of the past frozen in time~

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  20. The power of photography is in its ability to stop time.

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  21. Polly, so evocative and yet hauntingly serene. I can almost put myself in the picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. I had to come see what posting all of a sudden started getting more comments, Polly. ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember this photo well because I joined in on that prompt too. Such an interesting photo…I believe I wrote a villanelle… I hope you are doing well these days.

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