|"Strangers in the City' ~ © Masoud Gharaei|
Lens Culture Finalist 2016
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Here stands a man with a camera poised
to snap the silhouette of lanky youth. Focal point
the graffiti on the crumbling wall. Is that Jesus?
There lies a junkie. Head uncushioned on cement slab.
His eyes are bewildered blue. Blood rivulets.
Your mind has turned to dark tales.
The puddles of rainwater are clouded with ink.
See where the barefoot child slumps unawares
in the old man’s lap. Her balloon masks his face.
A man with a camera. Snap.
That homeless woman sleeps under a bridge.
Hands like broken birds. Mother of god.
You turn your face to night shadows.
Feet pass by. Suits. No entry signs.
Hands clasp phones with dread of a lost child.
There is a mask. Carved in bark. The eyes move.
Here stands a man. A camera.
Which is consumer, which more consumed?
You make a quick left turn. Step off the curb.
I have returned to the prompt: Out of Standard - The Film School Dropout Edition for Play It Again in the Imaginary Garden.