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What is it about fleeting shapes—
A sudden scene that soon escapes
The world’s apathetic eye
That makes me pause, compose, deny?

I seek for color, frame the scene,
I capture, hope that it will mean
Something momentous and dense.
More than mere coincidence.

All I view cannot be art,
But so much could—
It is my part
To use my eye, and some device
To trap the scene with artifice.

Shutters whirring, flashes blasting,
Fleeting moments made more lasting,
Different angles… Perfect?  Never!
Try to make it last forever…

How well I might succeed depends
Upon my skill with light, and lens.
On settings, speed, and my perception
Photoshop—and your reception.

You might learn about my soul
From this mixture, once made whole,
Do you see what appeared to me?
Demons—mirth—eternity?

Pillagers of stolen light
Photographers can please, delight,
Or just bore, or frantic, flail.
All that work—to no avail.

We do our best, there’s no denying.
Comfort ourselves, “At least we’re trying
To make fleeting moments stay.”
Still—the world slips away.

I seek and prowl, my movements lag.
Beggar with a camera bag.
Seeking when light’s good or cruel,
With my lens—to trap a jewel.

In response to a challenge from WayneBenedet:

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Who liked my phrase, in praise, 'pillagers of light' to describe art photographers.
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byrds-of-midnight Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Pleasing poem. I can't recall having encountered this particular perspective of photography before. Always on the hunt for a fresh spin on a common topic.

Well-worded gems:

"...that makes me pause, compose, deny?" - Deny what the eye sees in the moment or the way the picture is captured?

"Pillagers of stolen light" - begs the question, is the photographer both pillager & thief? Perhaps the camera lens is the actual thief.

"Beggar with a camera bag" - delightful!

Rife with enthusiasm, good humor, and cleverness. I'm particularly fond of how well you've executed the rhyme scene while maintaining the narrative flow. Seems to be your specialty. :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thank you for such generous feedback.  I'm very glad that you liked that poem, I'm better capturing things with words than photons. But still I try. To your specific points--one pauses, composes, and tries to deny the dissolution into fading memory of a priceless combination of light and space-time.  The pillaging photographer traps light in a box, holds it there, and claims it as that person's own.  

I have been writing long verse for over thirty years.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Lovely wording - very lyrical!
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
Thank you very much--a LOT of emotion accompanies photography.  I am very honored by your praise for this poem.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
You are more than welcome!
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bulloney Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Saw this on Mr Benedet's page, had to come over and give you a :+fav: for it. Very awesome. :clap:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
I am honored and grateful--thank you.  You get so frantic to trap the beauty you saw, and to save, and share it...
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Rikitza Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016   Photographer
I am asking myself if you had by any chance the possibility to follow me so closely while 'performing my hobby' ?
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
The urge is very strong in all trying to enshrine lovely light...  Perhaps I just articulated it well in my own best medium. 
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Rikitza Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016   Photographer
Wendy, you certainly did my friend :hug:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Thank you very much.
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NickACJones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
 The really torturous part are the unquantifiable pieces that you can't capture in a still image (or video). Emotions, noise, scents, vibrations, temperature...

 Once while I was walking in the woods I came upon thousands of migrating birds sitting on the forest floor, and my presence caused them to all to alight. The shifting patterns of flight, sounds, and pulsing currents caused by their movement through the air created an effect identical to waves crashing against a beach, and while I had my camera I didn't try to photograph them because all I would have ended up with would have been some blurry black blobs, which would be utterly useless when trying to pass on the experience. Heck, even words are insufficient to impart the grandeur of the moment.

 I rather like the stuff I can pass on through a camera, but it's still a shame we can't communicate psychically. Insecure
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
You would very much respond to a theme in a marvelous book called Cemetery World by Clifford Simak.
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TheOldGoat1955 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
It's both joyful and poignant. Especially the penultimate stanza.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
I'm so glad that you liked it.  You are yourself a wonderful photographer.
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TheOldGoat1955 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Me?  Wow, thank you!
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
I love the poem, such talent you have with words
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
I am very honored.  I have been writing poetry for over thirty years.
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Beautiful poetry it is tooClap Clap 
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
I'm so very glad you liked it.
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Clap 
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This is brilliant, what a perfect poem, nicely done! :clap::heart::clap:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
How kind of you to say so, thank you very much for your praise and recognition.
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, well deserved! :clap::bow:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
And you honor me yet again with the 'Feature.'  I hope you might enjoy some of my other verse?
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I will be sure to check them out as soon as I can. :hug:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Some of them are... er... 'warming.'  And many are funny. :)
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Great, look forward to viewing them. :D
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
It... rather looks as if you were not disappointed.
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scarletwhite Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I love this piece, you are a true master of language and I like the image on how to make a jewel out of feeting moments with the camera lense, bravo!!!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I'm so glad that I could give you something you found beautiful, then.
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xxBatzyxx Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Too many great lines to pick just one... I think you captured the fear and passion of a shutterbug quite well. Especially the bits about trying to make moments in time last forever. It's a lot of pressure, but it's also a calling for those who chase the perfect light. Very well done :heart: :thumbsup:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I am greatly honored.  'The Agony and the Ecstasy' endures, what?
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uglygosling Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Capture that moment before it is gone...
Save that scene while it is still here...
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
I am so greedy of sight and ever avid for beauty.  Thank you for your kind praise.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
I am IMPRESSED.  I would like to share this on my Galley with the picture, but I would also like to use/share it with my students.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Thank you, you may, and you may.  I see I didn't use the title I promised to, but people do want to know what the poem's ABOUT before investing time in reading it.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
yes I noted that, and it was OK.  The poem is still great.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Thank you.
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