My good friend, KB—host of the A Mirror Obscura site—is both an excellent poet and a fine hand at making collages that use humor, irony and wit to gracefully state deep thoughts. The work above is an example of his work.
He noted on a recent posting, “As my collage work is relatively unknown, if you are considering publishing a book of any kind and like my work I am willing to consider designing cover art gratis with all rights reserved to myself. Just drop me a comment here on any one of my posts and we can discuss your needs.”
Being such a fan of his work, I am posting this notice for him and, of course, urging you to visit his site and consider his offer.
The image above is ©2015 by K.A.Bryce; all rights reserved.
An older teen, blind and paraplegic
with slurred and inarticulate speech,
he was strapped to a small sled,
balanced on a wide ski
and being tortured down
the bunny slope in a series of
wide, graceful arcs by a volunteer.
Clearly, it terrified the poor child,
you could hear him all over the hill
screaming like one of the damned,
his breath coming spasmodically,
his body twitching to and fro, wanting
to be done with it, wanting to be gone,
wanting to be someplace, anyplace,
another place else. But then, at the bottom,
breathless, by then bouncing in his seat,
I heard him say it: Again!
And then even louder, Again! Again!
The incident that sparked this story happened at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine, where my wife and I recently vacationed. The last time we were there in 2012 the Once Skiing poem came out it.
The photograph was shot on this recent skiing trip. It is a selfie taken in a double paned window at the base lodge. (That’s a plastic sleeve over the camera to protect it from the falling snow.) To see my photography blog, please visit the Book of Bokeh.
Photograph, poem and notes © John Etheridge; all rights reserved. The poem and accompanying notes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This applies to all original written work found on this site, unless noted otherwise. The attribution claimed under the license is: © John Etheridge, https://bookofpain.wordpress.com. The photograph is not licensed for use in any way without the expressed consent of its creator.