Photo Credit: Matt Black (www.mattblack.com)
We take refuge in each others arms
From the heat, from the fields
Where we toil and labor
We pick day and night
For meager wages
We feed you
But barely feed ourselves
Our houses are scraps
No water, no stove
We hold onto each other
In hope, in prayer
As we dream
A full belly
A warm meal
A quench for our thirst
This week’s prompt from Kellie Elmore(http://kellieelmore.com/2013/06/14/fwf-free-write-friday-image-prompt-9/) came via Tom Clark (http://tomclarkblog.blogspot.com/) who featured photos from photographer Matt Black from his series entitled: Dispossessed
This is powerful imagery that should give us all pause for thought.
15 thoughts on “Love in the Dust”
I can believe how many of us chose this photograph – a narrative in itself.
I like the fact that this poem concentrates on the simple wants. Many of us focussed on the love and the fact that this would over-ride the pain and poverty. You have gone straight in there.
My hope was that others would see it that way as well. I have a personal story brewing around this theme which I want to write and post this summer.
Many thanks for reading. 🙂
Interesting perspective on this photo, I saw something different. That makes this challenge interesting, doesn’t it? Nice work.
It is the unique experiences of our own lives that provide us those perceptions I am sure. Thanks for reading!
Well crafted and experienced. Don’t we all just cling to each other on this planet–really?
Yes we do. Your story “Ash” is a fine example of it. Thank you for reading and for the kind words.
Such a lovely poem for a sad picture. In the face of such adversity, love is there and where there is love there is always hope.
Hope- my favorite word! Indeed that is what carries us through Thanks for reading. 🙂
This is the first one I clicked that chose this photograph. It was the one that I loved the most. Two people, caught in a trap of poverty and desolation, yet they cling to love. As it is the most important thing. Not “things”… and it’s what we take with us in the end. Thank you so much! I love it.
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Thanks Kellie. It is a strong image-knowing they have each other amidst all the ugliness that surrounds them.
I promise to stop by and read the interview soon!
These lines really are so powerful
“We feed you
But barely feed ourselves”
Really made me stop and think about the workers.
That’s how I feel about it too. I cannot get them out of my head.
Great narrative of love and hope despite the circumstances! I chose the same image but took a very different vibe from it!
Thank you Mark! Love and Hope feed the soul. I also want to express further appreciation for liking my other pieces as well. I have just begun to explore your site and have decided to follow you!
Thanks so much, following back!