Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Red Light

I took this picture on Monday on Madison Avenue and 23rd Street in New York City. I was engaging in a visual exercise of trying to find bright colors among the gray. As I was walking around the city, suddenly the traffic light stood out against the architectural structure of the buildings behind it, and I took a picture just as it turned red. I am intrigued by the geometric patterns of the circles, squares, and rectangles in the image. This photograph and my new poem below are my weekly contributions to The Creative Exchange at http://www.the-creative-exchange.com/ and Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. The prompt this week was to write a poem about an intangible emotion and then assign that emotion to a strong tangible descriptor. 

Red Light

Sometimes
I need to stop for directions
to find faith along the way 
Sometimes
I need to circumvent
the traffic jam of fears
Sometimes
I need to wait for the light
to turn green  
freeing me to let go
and move forward

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  1. I like the composition in your photo.
    And perfect poem for it.

    Regards and best wishes

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    1. Thanks, Tatjana. I had fun taking this photo, which is kind of black and white with a pop of color :)

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  2. Yes, indeed, sometimes it does seem like there is a traffic jam of fears one has to pass through. Well expressed poem, accompanied by the perfect photograph. Here's mine for the PJ prompt:

    http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2012/03/happiness.html

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Read yours and commented :)

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  3. I agree with Tatjana - you wrote the most PERFECT poem to use in conjunction with the picture. I love the closing: "I need to wait for the light to turn green...freeing me to let go and move forward". Perfection. Can't wait until your next post :)

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    1. Thanks, Keith. Glad you liked the ending. I actually added that in later. :)

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  4. This is a fantastic image Loredana, and I love the words you chose to go with it!

    Thank you so very much for being a part of The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful day, and I will surely still see you here!

    lisa.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Will miss The Creative Exchange, but I'm glad you started another blog. Will check it out this weekend, and thanks for joining mine :)

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  5. I like traffic jam of fears and then waiting for the green to move on... I need to remember this. Thanks! Oh, and that's a great picture, too.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Glad that metaphor resonated with you :)

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  6. Your response to both prompts is clever, unique ... photo and words paired beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I appreciate the compliment :)

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  7. Neat photo project and photo. Traffic jam of fears is such a tangible description. Write on!!

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. Your prompt was inspiring and a nice challenge!

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  8. VERY GOOD! I enjoyed the depth in the metaphor tied to the image you photographed. It is nutrient rich and filling, thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Interesting how an ordinary object like a traffic light can come to life ... glad you liked it.

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  9. P.S. I should have mentioned that the building on the right with the intricate carvings on its facade is the Flatiron Building on 5th Ave. Thanks again, everyone, for your kind words :)

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    1. I'm here again visiting from Fireblossom's Free-verse challenge and it's funny but I don't think I noticed the building behind...with the geometric shapes the first time I viewed the photo but this time I did even before I read this "P.S."!!

      Cool.

      So, my thoughts this time is that wow...this is right where I am today. Needing direction to find faith...needing that green light to let go and move forward....exactly where I am today.

      I'm so glad to have read this. Thank you, Loredana.

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    2. Thank you, Hannah. Glad this still resonates with you, a year later, yet in a different way :)

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  10. This is the most bland time of the year for me, when the snow is gone and everything is brown and gray. It lasts for 4 weeks or so and then spots of green begin to appear in the bushes and the trees.

    That's it: from now on I will focus on traffic lights for visual stimulus! I'm sure the other drivers, pedestrians and cops will appreciate the improvement!

    Thanks for the pictures and the writing!

    Geoff

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    1. Thanks, Geoff! It's amazing if you look really closely how much color you'll find around you even amidst the gray :) Merci!

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  11. Beautifully expressed.

    "Sometimes
    I need to wait for the light
    to turn green
    freeing me to let go
    and move forward" - I loved it.

    Thank you for stopping by. :)

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    1. Thanks, Enigmatic! So glad what I said resonated with you :)

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  12. This is so true. I love the photo too

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sharla :)

      Oh, I meant to mention to anyone who likes NYC skyscrapers, I posted several pictures on my blog featuring: the Flatiron building, the Empire State building, the Chrysler building, Grand Central. I've added a search gadget to my blog to make it easier to find related posts. Enjoy and have a great weekend, everyone!

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  13. This picture was taken perfectly!

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    1. Thanks! Who knew a traffic light would be so popular! :)

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  14. Lucid writing that carries the message clearly.

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    1. Thanks, Dave. Amazing how poetry can bring clarity through its metaphors in the process of writing :) Thanks for visiting :)

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  15. Asking for directions - what a concept! I love the poem & the photo - some good thoughts in there.

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  16. P.S. my name is Dana, so I was caught by yours, which is much more interesting :)

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    1. Thanks, Dana. I appreciate your kind comments :) Loredana is my real Italian first name. I like the way it sort of rhymes with my married name :) Nice to meet you!

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  17. brilliant thoughts and image!
    thanks so much for sharing:)

    i really love your blog!

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  18. First things first: it is perfectly fine to link directly to the older post. :-)

    I LOVE your photograph, and for all the same reasons that you talk about in your opening. The poem is a lovely example of free verse, using the metaphor of traffic to illustrate a deeper experience. Thanks so much for sharing this at Toads!

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    1. Thank you, Shay, I enjoyed your informative post on free verse. Glad you loved the image. NYC is so cool to photograph. Yes, I do like using metaphors for deeper meanings. I find it interesting how readers have their own unique interpretations :)

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  19. ... second read through and I STILL LOVE IT! Perfect for this challenge.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by again, Margaret :)

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  20. I love all of it - the wonderful photo, with its juxtaposition of the traffic light against the gray, all of the angles and circles......your poem, which I so relate too.....especially moving pas the traffic jam of fears.......and your comments, which enhanced the entire post. Wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry, what an enthusiastic comment :)

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  21. I think it is a common misunderstanding when it comes to free verse that's its okay to write any old way (perhaps an approach more suited to stream of consciousness). A poem in free verse must be carefully controlled - and you have shown that control of your lines, rhythm and imagery here. I think you have taken a strong idea and expressed it most skilfully.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry, for your thoughtful analysis of my poem. Yes, I used repetition as a technique, and structured the poem to give it movement through "traffic" metaphorically :)

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  22. Love the photo...I know what you mean..so often I continue down my road of fear without asking direction.

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    1. Thank you, Susan, glad you could relate :)

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  23. Your photo is amazing - love how the red and yellow stand out against the gray. Also enjoyed the idea of the red light freeing ourselves to move on.

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    1. Thank you for your interpretation, Robyn. To me, the "green light" is a metaphor for being ready to move forward in life :)

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  24. I like the use of traffic lights, a great metaphor for life ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace. This was different for me, using an urban setting instead of nature as a metaphor :)

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  25. yes, love it! i really need to spend some time here, with a kindred spirit :)

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    1. Sure, Marian, feel free to stay a while and read on :)

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  26. I love your photo and poem! This is so well done :D

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  27. I use a traffic light as my dietary guidelines~ ;D

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  28. When to stop and when to go - that's the essence of everything we do... conveyed so aptly through both the picture and the poem.. loved the simplicity and profundity of your words!

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    1. Thank you for your first visit, welcome, Mixi :)

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