Today I’m collaborating with a wonderful photographer from Ireland: Meticulous Mick. He sent this image along with the challenge of putting words to it. The photo is filled with so much feeling that I’m not sure I can do it justice but here are a few thoughts that came from staring at it:
there are doors
that could lead
but they are always
so I keep
I don’t even try
to open the doors
nothing can lead me away
but my own mind
For more Ireland scenes and photos filled with feeling, visit Meticulous Mick. If you’d like to collaborate with him, visit his collaborations page.
What does this photo make you think of?
That is great Sheila, will now re-blog and will have to update my collaborations page. MM 🍀
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Latest Collaboration with Sheila Hurst. Check it out, Sheila is a wonderful collaborator and has done more than justice to a piccie I took.
Thanks so much – that was a lot of fun! I love your photos and the chance to visit Ireland by getting lost in them.
👍 Will have to have a return date at some point. MM 💚
Sure – that would be great!
My 1st thought is why is the door not red too – weird I know! My 2nd thought was oh there is a person in the photo – did not notice that right away due to my eye going towards the door. My third thought was like you where does the door lead to. Great Post – Happy Hump Day:)
Hahah! The red is really vibrant – I can see why you’d be drawn to it and the door. Doors are always fun. You never know where they might lead. Happy almost weekend!
I am just a curious person – ha! Happy Almost Weekend to you:)
How is the weather in your neck of the woods? It hit 59 here yesterday – doesn’t know it is suppose to be Winter here in the Sierras – weather is a coming though – snow and rain.
Sure – torture me with your 50s! 🙂 It’s been in the 10s here and we had another snowstorm this morning. Still had to go to work, then when I finally made it in, there was no power. But I still love the snow. A snow day would have been better though. 🙂
A Snow Day would have be NICE:)
Love this! But oh, the idea of no longer trying to open any doors. How sad that would be!
Thanks Carrie! I did toy with the idea of a magical door with a goat behind it but then it would be too sad to miss out on something like that.
Too bad they never had a goat behind one of the doors on Let’s Make a Deal…
They really should have – a goat would have been more fun than a new car!
I like this, so often we search for that one door that will let us in, especially in a world so keen in shutting us out right?
Very true – and we probably should keep trying those doors no matter what! They might even lead to some kind of magic.
I love that thought 🙂
Another fabulous collaboration with MM! The words go so well with his photo!
Thank you – he’s great to collaborate with! I love the photo and all the possibilities behind it.
My thoughts were this: this is a young man wearing jeans and a jacket; perhaps he is on his way to a job interview so he can escape the somewhat seedy area he seems to be living in.
He does seem to be pretty dressed up for the area. It makes me wonder what he’s up to. If it was a job interview, I hope he got it and I hope he didn’t give up on his dreams.
He still has hope in his gait… I hope so too.
Thank you so much for the follow, Sheila. It seems like both of us like to write in response to pictures. I find that pictures open up the poetic side of my brain very quickly… is that your experience, too?
Yes, especially if I keep staring at them. 🙂 I love photos like this because there are so many possibilities and somehow hope comes through too.
This is wonderful, Sheila! 😀
Thanks Dianne! I hope everything’s going well in the writer’s nook. 🙂
Lovely work. You and MM make a great team…..
Thank you! We’ll have to hop over the ocean again sometime.
Wonderful collaboration! I love the image and the poem is a perfect pairing! Well done!! Blessings, Robyn
Thank you! I love the photo too. It makes me wonder what he’s doing and the more you think about it, the more possibilities there are.
Awesome picture and poem. I love that last line about nothing can lead me away but my own mind. And I agree with Renee…why is the door not red? But it makes for a great contrast.
Thanks Char! I tried to throw a positive spin in there at the last second. 🙂 That’s true – the door almost seems separate from the building because of that color difference. Maybe it is a magic door after all.
Powerful Sheila! Our perception can limit us or let us fly!
Thanks Léa! Yes – it’s all in how we look at everything and flying sounds like much more fun.
Hi Sheila, everytime we want to post (which is always) we have to scroll, scroll, scroll, but it’s worth it. You have sooooo many followers and generate such discussion. we LOVE this post and think you knocked it out of the park with your beautiful words.
thanks for sharing, much love, xo LMA
Hahah – thank you! At least scrolling is good finger exercise. The more you visit, the skinnier your fingers will be. 🙂
Pounding the pavement is definitely what came to mind when I saw this picture. And the bright red made the pounding sound louder and faster.
That’s a cool way to look at it – that red is pretty loud! It adds a kind of desperation to the whole thing.
This is one reason why I don’t do prompts—I tend to be too literal in anything I would write. And that’s if I don’t first draw a complete blank. Luckily, there are writers like you who are more than up to the challenge and write pieces that make me think, “Yes!”
Thanks JM! That’s funny because I think I usually describe the obvious things too much and don’t let my mind wander enough. It’s fun to see what comes out of it though!
I love the repeated line “plodding pounding”. That one is going to stick with me, just great.
Thanks Letizia! I hope you won’t be plodding and pounding too much on those city streets. I guess slipping and sliding is more like it these days. 🙂
Great rhythm! Even the beat of “plodding pounding/searching” really fits the mood of the poem — it’s got a bit of a frantic, restless quality.
Thanks so much! I’m glad to hear that came through in the words because I could really feel that kind of thing through the photo. I hope you’re not too frozen in NH!
F-f-frozen? W-w-what a-a-are y-y-you t–t-talking ab-b-bout?
Hahahahh! Hope you find some warmth somehow!
Very moving. I’m with 4am Kate on how well you captured the restless quality. Cool collaboration!
Thanks Britt! It’s fun to do, especially when the photo is as inspiring as that one. You never know what could be behind doors like that. I was tempted to throw a goat in but I controlled myself.
Hello! I wish you a happy and successful new week.
Thank you – I love your photos!
Perfect melding of words to an image, Sheila. The markings make me think of hiding in plain sight. Like there is something else there that the marking shield from view. 🙂
That’s a fun way to look at it. All kinds of things could be hidden there like magical symbols or the key to figuring out the universe. And that guy is just walking right by it all. 🙂
LOL. Exactly. Because he’s got something Important to do. 😉
Wonderful, Sheila! Hmmm…I see a business man longing to open the door to a new and more creative life.
That’s a great one! Now I’m seeing it that way too.
I believe in life there are no closed doors for the positive mind!
Let’s hope so – sometimes we think a door is closed when it’s really open. That’s my fortune cookie advice for today. 🙂
very nice .. 🙂
Thank you – the picture made it easy.
Great poem! I love how you open the biggest door of all with the last line… just when hope was almost lost. 🙂
Thanks so much. Yes – figured I might as well throw a positive spin in there at the last second. 🙂
I loved your words on the photo Sheila 🙂 And I love Mick’s blog, isn’t he an amazing photographer ? Have a beautiful day 🙂
Thanks Jocelyne! Yes he is an amazing photographer – and so are you. Your photos always remind me of paintings – really beautiful.
Thank you so much Sheila !
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Great job Sheila. I enjoyed Britt’s collaboration too. And thought to myself it would be difficult to write ‘to’ a photo. I see the graffiti first, and then the contrast of blue pants against a red wall. I like that you made an association that is not really seen, the pavement and the contact implied. It’s inspiring to see artist try new ways of doing things, Thanks!
Thank you! It’s a fun challenge, especially when the photo isn’t yours and you don’t really know the story behind it. It’s always fun to imagine all the possibilities.
Wonderful collaboration, Sheila! I love the last stanza in particular. I think the photo is so compelling, like does the man see the art around him and where is he going.. I love that you wrote a poem here xx
Thanks Christy! I’m not a real poet like you – I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to this kind of writing, but it’s fun when the phrases jump into our heads. This photo is great for that – there are so many possibilities.