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Sudhir Iyer
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0 posted 05-25-2000 11:00 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Sudhir Iyer


Setting up the camera on a tripod
Flashlights lit up, shining bright
Asked me to sit on a stool, a gentle prod
Made me look at the aperture, until it looked right.

A reluctant me, posing for a photograph
Strange subject, she perhaps thought, smiling bemused.
Shy, introvert, village bumpkin, an epigraph,
My uncertain blinking eyes were hardly amused.

Click, went the first shot, a brilliant flash
"Nah", she muttered, asked, "Why did you move?"
There, I had triggered an unwanted clash,
Said, "Can't you just get it through?"

"No, I can't" she replied, "has to be perfect"
"Smile gently, look here at the lens"
"Be still, and please stay steady, bereft"
"Of misery that your face shows immense"

"Alright, and please try to make it quick"
I wail, "The misery is from my slipping patience"
"I had thought, posing for a photograph must be a trick"
"Now, you are making me troubled in my conscience"

I couldn't comprehend, the art of clicking a photograph
Nor did I understand the choice of her subject
For, I was a perfect caricature for an epigraph
And to many a good eye, I had forever been a reject.

Click, went the second shot, another equally brilliant flash,
"Nah", she muttered, asked, "This time you didn't smile"
A continuing clash, unnecessary hiccups, a bit too rash,
A few more shots, and I lost the chance to have some style.

"Sorry, you did not make it", she said, "You failed"
"You captured my imagination, my heart swayed"
"It is true, I fell for your obnoxious ways", she wailed,
Dejected, saddened, I remain ruing my lost chance of being loved.

Often now, when I sit by myself, staring
At the wall of these empty rooms, sometimes,
Looking out at the park, see lovers rejoice, hugging, kissing,
'Is posing for a photograph so difficult?' I wonder at such times.

!!!IT PROBABLY IS!!!




 Life is like a painting,
That in an art gallery is left hanging,
Though many come just to look at it,
A very few actually come to enjoy it.
© Copyright 2000 Sudhir Iyer - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 05-25-2000 12:05 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Trying to be perfect is sooooo exhausting...and totally unnecessary when true love is present. This is excellent, Sudhir!

Denise
Kit McCallum
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2 posted 05-25-2000 12:20 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful comparative Sudhir!  I really enjoyed this, and it brought back a sweet memory for me.  

There was nothing so annoying like posing and waiting (and posing and waiting) for my angelic grandfather to take "the perfect picture" with his little $5 instamatic ... such a long and lengthy procedure. When I was older, in sheer exasperation, I finally asked him "why" he took so long to get his perfect shot??? His answer was simply ... "it gives me more time to appreciate "you" ".  Never again, did I complain.

Wonderful poem (and thanks for the memories Sudhir).

Best wishes,
/Kit
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3 posted 05-25-2000 02:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Well, look at the bright side, Sudhir. At least you didn't get framed   Enjoyed the poem.
Corazon
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4 posted 05-25-2000 02:35 PM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

wow does this say a lot....and yes it is sad to not measure up to the picture in someone's  mind....great writing  
brian madden
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5 posted 05-25-2000 03:16 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

Oh photographs, I remember having to pose for photographs after winning a poetry competition a while ago, I forget to smile for the phoographs well I kind of thought I was smiling, I had braces at the time so that was probably something to do with it but anyway everyone thought I looked pissed off. Sorry for going off on that tangent,
I have forgetten my point myself.  

great poem, I guess I was trying to say I know the pain of posing for photographs, it is not easy. Maybe that is why models get paid so much. Still for that money it would be worth it.





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"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? "
Douglas Adams.

"Here chewing your tail is joy"

Richey Edwards

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time".

Baltimore Grotto


netswan
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6 posted 05-25-2000 03:50 PM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Sudhir! What a great comparison piece so
full of imagery --- I am with Denise
on this ----with true love one does not have
to pose or pretend or be anything, but their
own loveable self     This is great writing!
Martie
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7 posted 05-25-2000 05:49 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Enjoyed the underflying message and the smile.  Good writing!
JamesMichael
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8 posted 05-25-2000 06:00 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Sudhir I enjoyed reading this...it gave me a big smile.  Hope you have a more sympathetic photographer next time.  James
Sudhir Iyer
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9 posted 05-26-2000 01:53 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Denise, Kit, Balladeer, Corazon, Brian, netswan, Martie, James,

Thanks to all of you wonderful people to have read this one, and I feel glad that this brought you a smile.

Metaphorically, though, this one is sad, as the test of a photographer may be construed as a test of a lover, and the character having fallen short against her expectations, sits in a corner, gloomily, looking outside and feeling a jealous twitch inside his head, to wonder is it so difficult to please someone???

Anyway, thanks for all the comments. You people really know how to make a person at home...

Regards, sudhir


 Life is like a painting,
That in an art gallery is left hanging,
Though many come just to look at it,
A very few actually come to enjoy it.
shilpi
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10 posted 05-26-2000 02:11 AM       View Profile for shilpi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for shilpi

Sudhir, i must say, this is a wonderful piece of poetry.....
know whats the first thing it reminds me of? that, true love surpasses all differences and its more about accepting the flaws than enhancing the merits......

and.....she didn't deserve you, not the other way round !!!
Sudhir Iyer
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11 posted 05-26-2000 04:06 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Thanks a lot, Shilpi, you really cheered me up this morning...I see hope now for a better pose for the next possible photography session  

Regards, sudhir.
 
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