Wednesday, May 8, 2013

City Streets


After the break-up,
her heart is still intact;
she takes another step
towards freedom
from foggy, uncertain days

Truth is as clear as water
cascading from a fountain
amidst glass buildings;
she sees her reflection
knowing at last who she is

A flower blooms
rising from cement
on this forlorn city street;
new heights on the skyline
she looks on--


I have been experimenting with writing poetry in an urban setting with fictional characters. This turned out to be a creative endeavor for me. After my previous post on Country Roads, I now share with you City Streets. I took all the photographs in New York City, capturing different street scenes, the first on Park Ave, the second on Lexington. The third photo shows the Chrysler building, one of my favorite skyscrapers in art deco style. 


The poem was inspired by the challenge at The Imaginary Garden where Kerry invites us to write a Prelude poem. A Prelude is meant to be an introduction to another, longer piece. So, who knows, maybe I'll write a sequel! What do you envision will happen to this character after reading the Prelude? Do you believe in second chances? I do!
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46 comments:

  1. Fun way to go about a poem
    As around NY you roam
    The Chrysler building is sure a sight to see
    Seen it almost a year to the day when I buzzed around NY like a bee

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    1. Yes, I'm always roaming free
      You never know where I'll be
      In the country or the city
      Capturing the world's beauty
      You're my number 1 fan tonight
      Your comment is a delight xx

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  2. I like the strength and hope in the story ~ Love the words and pictures of the NY city ~ I would love to visit there again ~

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    1. Yes, I wanted to show strength and hope that it's possible to move forward ... thank you, Grace :) Do visit NY again some day, it's fabulous :)

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  3. I love taking on the challenge of an urban setting as a prelude...lovely piece!

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  4. I too love the setting and the wonder in your roaming view!
    Yes, more please ;D

    I so wish to visit again~

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  5. I was immediately drawn in, and want to know more! The photos perfectly capture the mood. Very nice! :) xx

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I've been thinking about writing a sequel ... stay tuned :) xx

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  6. I should experiment more with street photography..

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    1. Yes, definitely try it, street photography is kind of fun :)

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  7. This is a wonderful piece, Loredana. I'm sure you must be very pleased with the end result - I would be if I had written it. I like the idea of placing a fictional character within a familiar setting. This poem most certainly does feel like the introduction to a new chapter in someone's life.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry, your comment means a lot to me. I appreciate the encouragement. Yes, this Prelude could be the start to another piece. I'm pondering the possibilities :)

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  8. I like the second photo in black and white with a single red rose. Seemed to symbolize the new life of the woman in your poem. I lived in NYC when I was first married and love the Chrysler building.

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    1. Yes, the red flower blooming is a symbol of a renewed life. Thank you for noticing :)

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  9. I do believe in second chances! I think she will get hers :) I really like your photos, especially the one with the spot color on the flower!

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  10. This is beautiful ... lovely way to go about after breakups !!!

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  11. My favorite picture is the second one. I love colorized objects in a sea of black and white.

    And I love your poem, as always.

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  12. Impressive cityscapes. The first, in NY with just one person!!!? and your view of the Chrysler building takes one right up into the sky.

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  13. Had another look at the first one and was even more impressed. It illustrated beautifully the parting of the ways in your poem. I had not noticed the man walking out of the picture before. Really excellent shot, especially considering the poem.

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    1. Thank you, Arija. I appreciate that you're noticing details in my photographs :)

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  14. I love her feeling of renewal and the new flower surfacing in the concrete. They both seemed to go together for me. Very nice!

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  15. Great photos and poem!Thank you for it and have a nice day!

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  16. Scrivi molto bene, e l'abbinamento con le fotografie è proprio perfetto ! Ciao - buon weekend !

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    1. Grazie, Jane. La poesia e' stata sempre una passione da quando ero piccola. La fotographia e' un interesse piu' recente. Un abbraccio :)

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  17. The poem and photo are perfect for each other. Well done. Have a happy weekend!

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  18. Fantastic photography and exquisite poetry ~ ^_^

    Thanks for visiting .

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  19. Hello Lory!

    I really like the first photo!

    I especially like the exchange of perspective lines between the steps and the buildings in the background.

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    1. Hi, Francesco. Yes, the first photo has geometric lines. I took it from that angle so that it would show perspective leading up to the steps and towards the buildings. Thanks for noticing :)

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  20. Great patterns in your first photo.

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  21. Cara Loredana,NY si rivela nelle tue foto,come il tuo cuore e la tua sensibilità guidano a scoprirla...parole come musica,immagini come parole...un tulipano rosso può essere la fine del preludio e l'inizio di una composizione più lunga.
    Buon fine settimana
    Un abbraccio,Rita.

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    1. Grazie, Cara Rita, il tulipano e' un simbolo del preludio ... l'inizio di altri percorsi. Mi hai capito benissimo. NY e' bella, anche tra i grattacieli, si trovano i fiori. Un abbraccio :)

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  22. Great post, and I especially like all the lines in the first photo!
    Have a nice weekend:)

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  23. Wonderful poem and composition. Love it.

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  24. do the pictures inspire the poetry or the other way around? great work.

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    1. Thank you, John, for your interest in my creative process. For this post, I took the photos first, then wrote the poem based on what the images evoked for me ... moving on, freedom, renewal. Other times, I write the poem first, then take a photo that complements it. :)

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  25. These are lovely, Loredana. You're not just a great photographer but a very good writer as well.

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Scudds x

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    1. Thank you, Scudds, glad you enjoyed your first visit :)

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  26. Wow I really liked this and hope you do write more!

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  27. Magnifica NY, splendidi scatti...

    Ciao Loredana

    Buona Serate
    Stefano

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  28. Second chances, third & fourth :) and I love the photos.

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  29. Very nice! I especially like the second stanza.

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