How marvellous to welcome gifted photographer John G Evans to the table today!
John and I partnered up for a photo/poetry combination, and we are both so proud to unveil to you all. I was moved by John’s photo below and he generously shared it with me to use as inspiration for my poem. The theme of our pairing is Ruins.
John’s photo below is deep with textures and inspiration. The photo is of the remains of the one of the many stone walls of the mission San Francisco de la Espada, in San Antonio, Texas, where John resides.
My poem, inspired by the breathtaking photo, follows below. I hope you enjoy visual beauty and the way the words curve around the wall’s borders with resilience.
The Stones of the Mission
He feels the stones along the
Sides of the wall, rickety to the touch,
Much like his skin after years of
Living within bike spokes that
Rotated within rubber trenches of
Abuse, neglect and his
Need for love.
He did not have the opportunity to
Grasp the handlebars, and
There were days when he questioned
Whether he hated the silence even
More than the attention received.
The golden shades of the stones have
More color than his face, as
He thinks of insecurities that lay behind
His mental walls, built over days
That cracked more than his bones.
I see fear in his face, and
He does not realize his own door is
The once-loved mission is in ruins, and
All we have left are the few layers of materials
Built up toward the sky, where a
Force stronger than us looks down and
Tells him that there is still time to
Build up his self once more.
©2013 Christy Birmingham
Bio of John G Evans, Photographer/Poet/Nature Enthusiast
John has been writing past the pain since 1998. His passion for poetry has helped him heal slowly from a severe trauma.
His other passion of photography has revealed its therapeutic qualities as well. This passion has evolved magnanimously over a 42 year period of time. He finds he profits both spiritually as well as creatively through studying Fine Art Photography, High Dynamic Range Photography, Landscapes, Nature, Portraits, and Architecture.