Black and White world

via Magpie Tales

It might as well be a black and white world.

Grey pavement with black tires rolling on.

Mirrored windows reflecting more mirrored windows.

Heads down, people walk, strut, pace, run and saunter by.

Cars belch exhaust, horns shout and noise fills the air.

Flashes of color in emergency, traffic and brake lights.

Store windows beg for you to stop, and the traffic pushes you on.

Blurs of cloud and peeks of blue sky remind you of a world beyond Gotham.

A place where trees grow in soil, not pots.

Where flowers race wildly along fences.

Where grass is mowed by horses and cattle.

Where barefeet are summer shoes and winter’s fires warm woolly toes.

A place with gravel roads and soft grassy shoulders.

Dancers can race across the meadow under an endless arching sky.

Where storms roll on and on before you feel them, and sunrise kisses the horizon.

The press of insects buzz so softly and the night sky needs no street lights.

You only brush shoulders with the horse at your side, and the dog leans lightly.

You may love your city, your streets and crowds.

I, for one, flee them and seek the open spaces like my ancestors did.

There is freedom here too, and it is sweet.

Copyright 2011 Shanyn Silinski

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14 Comments

  1. laurie kolp said,

    October 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Wide open spaces well described, too. Makes me want to go outside and play!

    • shanyns said,

      October 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Thanks Laurie! 🙂 Be sure to enjoy your time outside!

  2. David King said,

    October 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I was able to relate to this completely. I know this experiance. Lines like
    A place where trees grow in soil, not pots.

    Where flowers race wildly along fences.

    Where grass is mowed by horses and cattle.

    held me in thrall.
    Thank you for this.

    • shanyns said,

      October 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      David – thanks for coming by, and thank you for sharing which lines moved you most!

  3. Helen said,

    October 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    This is so fresh, so sweet, so liberating … You made me want to stay forever.

    • shanyns said,

      October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Helen – thank you! 🙂 and thanks for coming by.

  4. Pam Manners said,

    October 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I have known both places and your descriptions are spot on, Shanyn.

    I just love your poetry. Like a great book, your poems take me to fun, beautiful, bright, sometimes dark and harsh, comforting, tear inducing places. And I love the pictures you find to accompany them. Absolutely delightful!

    Kudos to you, my dear. I look forward to seeing more of your Sunflower Poetry show up in my Inbox.

    Blessings,
    Pam

    • shanyns said,

      October 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Pam – thanks for coming by! Your words are always a blessing and an encouragement to me. 🙂 Great to see you.

  5. Jo Bryant said,

    October 27, 2011 at 1:04 am

    interesting how you wove the two places together seemlessly to provide such a great contrast

    • shanyns said,

      November 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Jo – thank you! 🙂 They seem to be different worlds on the same planet to me.

  6. tess kincaid said,

    October 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite line is this: Store windows beg for you to stop, and the traffic pushes you on.

    • shanyns said,

      October 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Tess! I can’t recall how many times I wished I could have stopped and shopped when in the city, only to be pushed past by traffic and no I never did get a chance to go back!

  7. Doug French said,

    December 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Black and white is still the most expressive form of photography! Nice composition here with the multiple reflections reinforcing the business of the city. Good work Shanyn. . .

    • shanyns said,

      December 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks for coming by, and yes there is something about black and white that clears away a lot of ‘noise’ isn’t there?


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