Pictures as Poem-Part I-Alternating Dark and Light

Post Mother’s Day, I recorded the beauty of my gift bouquets with my camera. When I uploaded them to my computer, they transformed and took over several days of creativity. I tried to ignore them, attempted to stop tweaking both picture and word but I failed. So now readers must suffer through my Post Mother’s Day Poetic Journey.

full of flowers - Version 2

Alternating dark and light


I cannot leave a picture alone.

My camera finds it. I frame

and shoot.

Transferred to my computer

dark room I cannot resist.

I experiment with digital development.

Moving a slider innocent

of  effect, I discover

a darkness inside the orange and pink

of rose and peony.

Once the dark gives birth,

I think background

for the pink peony

the peach rose.


they become the yin

and yang it seems

and yet I don’t see

them as two energies

push and pull

expand, contract–

Simply themselves

they wait patiently for us

to look into their depths.

Janice DeRuiter


About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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