Saturday, August 31, 2013

City Streets: Part 3


She remembered
the last time they kissed
under a street lamp,
the city became blurred
crowds disappeared

She was no longer
standing on the sidewalk
as if he had lifted her up,
and in that frozen moment
it all became clear, final

When she opened her eyes
his face was lost again
amidst the crowds,
the scent of his cologne
lingered on her silk scarf

She left it in the taxi
and never looked back


This is Part 3 of my fictional series of poems taking place in an urban setting. The first was City Streets and the second was City Streets: Part 2. Thank you for your encouragement to continue on as the previous posts received a wonderful response. I'm having a lot of fun taking photos in New York City to go with the story line as it develops. It's about endings and beginnings, and the obstacles and learning lessons along the way.


The poem is my contribution to the Sunday Mini-Challenge at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where Kerry invites us to write in the style of the Imagists. This poetry style is focused on "an image which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time." I really love this style as my poems tend to be visual, especially because they are usually inspired by my photos. Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!
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67 comments:

  1. How sad for the ending ~ Liking the imagery of leaving the silk scarf on the taxi, & never looking back ~

    Grace

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    1. Yes, it was a symbol of letting go. Thank you, Grace :)

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  2. Lost with all those faces after such embraces, what a way to go. Never looking back is the way to be though and great shots as always from you at your zoo.

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    1. Never look back, right
      The future is bright :)

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  3. Sad and haunting! Yes, sometimes it is best to lose things~
    Well done and I love all the photos :D

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    1. Oh, you see it as "losing" the scarf. Interesting interpretation. Yes, that could be a symbol of loss as well. Thanks, Ella :)

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  4. Great city feel to this and wondeful tableaux that you create both in words and pics. Thanks. Karin of Manicddaily at Wordpress. K.

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  5. Definitely a city poem, extremely well done for an Imagist prompt.
    K

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  6. Hai esternato sentimenti veri. Ciao e complimenti

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    1. Grazie, Simo. Hai capito benissimo. Ciao :)

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  7. Your images are beautifully connected to the setting, and the emotion is palpable in the details.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry. I enjoyed learning about the Imagist style of poetry. I really like it :)

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  8. Very interesting poetry, and great choice of pictures to illustrate it. Thanks for this inspired sharing.

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  9. sometimes i can't find any word to say,but i like:) thanks.

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  10. I just love your New York City photos and will have to go back and read your other poems. What a cool idea. This is a very moving poem, and I can feel the tension. I understand her leaving the scarf in the taxi....a finality to that! Keep those photos and poems coming!

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for going back and reading all three! Glad you're enjoying the series. It started out with a Prelude poem and it's developing into a story. Not sure what will happen next yet :)

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  11. Excellent piece. I love the imagery here. Well done, and thank you for sharing.

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  12. I really liked this. It made me feel all romantic and nostalgic. A snapshot of love in a cold, gray setting. Nice.

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    1. Thank you, Charleen. How interesting you see the city as a cold, gray setting. This is a more melancholic "mood" I created. But the city can actually be full of energy :)

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  13. wonderful 'city poems' and excellent photography ~ happy week to you ~ carol, xo

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  14. oo how cool and mysterious...the kiss and when her eyes open he again lost in the crowd...only his scent lingering...very cool....

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    1. Ah yes, the elusive man. Glad you find the mystery intriguing, Brian :)

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  15. I didn't want him to be lost, as if a stranger passing in a crowd with a moment only--maybe less--of two in the faceless crowd becoming real to each other. Now I have to reread them all in order.

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    1. I did. I see. He must be the man from the bookstore. She seems to be coping well. What's next? More, more!

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    2. Thank you, Susan, for reading all three! Glad you think it sounds "real." This poem is a flashback of the break-up in Part 1. The man in the bookstore in Part 2 temporarily disappeared with the blackout! Stay tuned :)

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  16. nice! i agree, let's have more!

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    1. Thanks, Marian! More to come to the big screen :)

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  17. The little touches of fragrance and city sounds really makes a fabulous impact. I feel sorry for her! Loved this, Loredana.

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  18. I love the photo at the top of your post and the idea of a fictional series of poems taking place in an urban setting. I like the opening stanza.
    Will need to read the rest of your series.

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  19. What a cool idea, a series of urban poems sparked by photos. You told this story so well.......I loved her leaving the scarf in the taxi - even though I'm more the type to wear it around my neck till it strangles me! Your photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Sometimes it's hard to let go, but it can be very freeing :)

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  20. such a great photos...interesting poetry...

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  21. I think this is my first time here. Even though I'm coming after the story apparently began, I really like what was written here. Intriguing descriptions! I especially like the overlay of reflection in the room!
    thank you for visiting me and your kind comment

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    1. Thank you for noticing the overlay of reflection in the second image. A yellow cab was going by just at the right moment, and it was reflected in the window! :)

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  22. I love the story this poems tells of a strong woman.

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    1. Thank you, Debi! Yes, I wanted her to come across as strong :)

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  23. Mi piacciono sempre questi assaggi della tua città.
    Ciao Loredana ...un abbraccio!

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    1. Grazie, Francesca. Una passeggiata a New York e' sempre interessante. Un abbraccio :)

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  24. Three cool photos, the middle one is my favorite.

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  25. That ending took me by surprise! Great photos as always!

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  26. Wonderful poem! Love the photographs as well.

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  27. sad story...nice line 'the scent of his cologne
    lingered on her silk scarf', steady rhythm in all poem

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I wanted to add an element of scent as well as touch to make the imagery more vivid :)

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  28. After all the kind embrace and yearnings fulfilled it's best to just let it drift and got left in the taxi. Wonderful thoughts Loredana!

    Hank

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    1. Yes, it's nice to break up amicably ... though it doesn't always happen this way :)

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    1. Thank you, Sumana, and welcome to my blog :)

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  30. Haven't read the other installments. I like the impact of the close. It's real. I like what it says about her.

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  31. You are truly so talented, Loredana!
    Each time I come here, I find you've outdone yourself.
    Love this one.
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  32. Love it!! The ending was a bit of a surprise.. :)

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  33. cool photo and poem. the city became blurred really set the mood for me.

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    1. Thank you, Ed. Yes, I wanted to set a mood as if the city became blurred ... just like in the reflection in the first image :)

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  34. I really like that interior shot, wouldn't that be a nice place to check out the views of the city?

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    1. Thank you, Wayne. I do love the modern design in that interior shot :)

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  35. Love the reflection in that building, and the painting in the 2nd photo!

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    1. Thank you, Michaela. Yes, I do love that abstract painting in the interior image :)

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  36. You always leave me with my heart beating just a little faster♥

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  37. I love this series - the photography and the mystery and romance. xo

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it. I will continue to explore the mystery angle. It gives it a bit of suspense. Thanks, Karen! :)

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  38. Now I won't be changing my blog name and browser for a while, if ever.. I've got a watermark as well, so I'll probably stick to it!

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    1. Good idea on the watermark to protect your photos! Love your new blog name :)

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