“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

4.22.2012

byron and the lost dove egg


let me borrow your hands,  i told him, i have this egg, a dove's egg, i think, and i need your hands, they are black and you are male and well, i think that will be perfect and i need you to cradle this, so he stubbed out his cigarette, and let me push him into the shade and said almost nothing.  but he cradled the egg, looked at me like i was crazy, and let me take a few pictures, because that's what neighbors do.

caught.
byron and the lost dove egg.
april 22, 2012.

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12 comments:

  1. The egg is kind of an afterthought, but oh my, look at those hands!

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    1. i know! you should use his hands in a photo.

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  2. Now that's a good neighbor--with a good set of hands--and a good heart. (And you have good eyes.)

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    1. i just wannna know how he gets his nails so strong! :)

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    1. yes. in all sorts of ways. it made me smile. (and i'll make sure he gets a print.)

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  4. Much mystery there. Love the contrast and repetition in shape with the egg and nails.

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  5. while only taking in the picture before reading the words, i imagined the hands black or at least tanned even be it black and white in color...but never would have imagined them to be male. yes, the long nails. actually beautiful nails.
    your photographic talents in excellent insight. strong hands, and a fragile egg.
    very nice!
    in fondest, tilda

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  6. now this, in quite the perfect reversal, is a photograph that is a poem all in itself.
    xoxo

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  7. crazy is just another form of reverence...

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