Saturday, November 19, 2011

Poetry Jam ~ Immobilized


Migrant Mother ~ Photographer, Dorothea Lange


immobilized 
exhausted, hopeless and hungry
only thirty-two 
she has done all that she can do
 nothing left to offer
oblivious of the camera
fiercely protective
shielding her children 
staring poverty in the eye
immobilized 





16 comments:

  1. protecting her children...and poverty sadly go hand in hand...been there...lived below the poverty line for years...

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  2. Finely written observation of demoralising poverty.

    Anna :o]

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  3. Your words capture the photo amazingly Helen....beautiful writing!!

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  4. Sad pictures, so beautifully handled by the photographer. Let's not forget, he seems to be saying.

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  5. Going on forever, hasn't it? Immortal photo, your words suit it perfectly..

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  6. You have caught this beautifully. She is fierce...and immobilized (perfect description, that). Wonderful writing, Helen, thank you.

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  7. Just enough words, with the framing 'immobilized', to do such a photograph justice. Well done.

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  8. Amazing poem, darling Helen!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  9. love the added images,

    well penned piece on love despite living conditions.

    Cheers.

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  10. Well done! Count me another who likes your choice of "immobilized" ... the irony especially with your added shots of the so-temporary tent, the so-mobile camp, the so-transitory nature of her living situation. Really fine, Helen.

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  11. You capture her look well. She does appear immobilized but still like a mother bear with her young.

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  12. 1936 at the peak of the great depression. 2011 Africa or anywhere for some and spreading again.
    Very good poetry, Helen.

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  13. Yes, immobilized. But not for long... you can see it in her eyes. Very nice, Helen. I loved this prompt.

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  14. the added images were great...your words terrific

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