Sunday, December 18, 2011

Time Stood Still

                                                              Image: Lee Friedlander 1966

Picture Credit: Courtesy of Tess' Magpie

He stood there smiling
An empty smile
Food for your thoughts
What could be wandering
In his mind
That time stood still
What could he be pondering
That he stood there waiting
In his young mind
Untested with ways of the world

Thinking of one so dear
He hurt her feelings
He managed to get out fast
A sheepish smile of a jilted lover
Won the sympathies of a rich widow

What could it be?
Myriads of possibilities
A young mind so free
Standing by the door
Minding his own business
‘What Me Worry’
No one to care
And no one to bother!

Submitted to Magpie Tales Mag #96 and
Poets United Poetry Pantry #80


  1. oh my- you saw a lot in this image!

  2. Excellent, deep write. Sad at the end. By the way, I think there's a problem with your link on Magpie.

  3. Very good, intense take on the prompt! Loved the what me worry reference.

  4. Very interesting, Hank. You look beyond the obvious to things other people don't see.

  5. Wow you really thought tons of things
    That his smiles brings
    Maybe he developed working wings
    Or had one to many flings

  6. Fascinating snapshot of a moment. The writing, I mean.

  7. A (literally) thoughtful response to a great prompt.

  8. nice...he is a part of the picture yet not...leaving us to ponder just what he is doing...nice capture of that hank...

  9. young men really know how to hurt your feelings, don't' they. can't take them seriously, they are dodo heads.

  10. Hello.
    It's amazing how creative poets can be. We have the best imaginations!
    Love what you did with this, although the ending was somewhat sad.
    Nicely done Hank!
    Thanks for sharing.

    For ref:
    An Inscription Of Love

  11. Very thoughtful poem!

    And thanks for your fun contributions to my Limerick-Offs!

    Madeleine Begun Kane

  12. I like this - like it a lot. It works well and speaks to me.

  13. really u captured it so right...
    in pics n snapshots, it seems like time is frozen !!

  14. Cuba seberapa daya tapi tak dapat menyelami apa yang dituju. Cuma bunyi nya sedap.

  15. No one to care
    And no one to bother!

    Hmm.. what to say? it hurts but it brings out the best..

  16. so many possibilities - very thought provoking.

  17. Lots of insight into the mind of the photographer ... a joy to read.

  18. That first part was chilling! Great writing.

  19. the standing and waiting - excellent response to the (tricky) prompt

  20. i like much of this, it reminds me of something sad, something tender and something thoughtful.