AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sad Shadows

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Early morning at the entrance to Flinders Street station, Melbourne
Writer's Island 2010 ~ Prompt #2 ~ Stowaway
Shadow Shot Sunday #103

Social stowaway
Progress needs thoughtful progress
Shadows of sadness
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Anonymous said...

Short and very sweet. Bravo. Mine will take all week!

flaubert said...

Brief and beautiful! So much said in so few words.

brenda w said...

The contrast of man against colorful mural captivates.

Beautiful work.

Sylvia K said...

A sad photo that is all too common in our world today. The contrast between the man and the colorful wall says a great deal in your photo and your words are perfect and beautiful as always!



Ralph said...

The artistic beauty and brilliance seems to cover the walls is a display of lively color. The shame, of course, is that real life intrudes on the artistic beauty. The rough time of it that many people endure is a sorry sight, a sad life many have to live. I must count my blessings, a roof over my head is a real blessing...

EG CameraGirl said...

In just a few words, the poem says much about this sad photo.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Some days are like that—
you wake up on the pavement,
wonder where you are…

Shadowy descanso

Stan Ski said...

You don't have to stay hidden to be a stowaway.

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadow - very intriguing composition.

Marja said...

fantastic photo and great but sad haiku

Hey Harriet said...

That is sad. And unfortunately it's an all too familiar sight in the cities. I just can't understand why adequate shelter can't be provided for those in need when we have so many empty buildings throughout our cities...

cat said...

Yes that is sad. Your photo is great however .

Rajesh said...

Very expressive shot. Beautiful paintings on the wall.

Anonymous said...

Still, though: We manage to find a spot in the sunshine. A blessing.

A Wild Thing said...

A beautiful sadness is cast under this shadow, what a wonderful capture Gemma. This is the reality of life, it's not all a pretty painted picture, there is sadness all around us.

And you're right...I am so scattered, I even forgot to post Tracies' meme...duh...I don't have a moments' rest, we have to get the shop up and running soon, Piper has no income while it sits on we trudge. Fortunately the mall has given us two months free rent, so that will really help us get on our feet.
And I have several soap orders to fill too, so I must allot time for that, plus 'me-time' in the gardens...I sneaked away yesterday long enough to mow the grass...ahhhh...the sweet smell of fresh mowed grass!

We had frost last night, so my garden looked like laundry day, as sheets and quilts covered all my plants, I hope they make it. This is unusual for us to have these late frosts, but they do happen, so must be prepared.

I'll be back to the shop soon today, loading and unloading...AFTER I deliver soap to another shop 30 minutes away...and yes, it never ends, but I love it and plod along, but I miss my swing and long to sit and listen to the's just to derned cold and windy! But like you, the outings are a pleasant break in a stressful enjoy dear friend!

I'm off and running...again!!

Big quick hugs from afar!


Linda Jacobs said...

This simple photograph and haiku are more effective than all the newspaper and magazine articles about homelessness combined!

Dee Martin said...

Ditto what Linda said. I love your haikus and I was struck by this photo - how much care went into making that wall beautiful and how little care given to the man laying in front of it. So sad.

Unknown said...

Wow. That is a fantastic photo, Gemma. I don't know the circumstances of ther man sleeping, of course, but he is universally at peace in this capture, as we all are in sleep.

Wayne Pitchko said...

lovely haiku and greatr photo.... man not homeless.....just at home in peace....thanks fo this

Annie Jeffries said...

So sad.

BLOGitse said...

Every morning I see from our hotel window a man sleeping outside in a parking lot. In Casa there are many homeless people...

Your picture is half sad and the other half hope.
We should always have hope...

Have a good week!


Anonymous said...

I almost missed the poem, and that would have been a pity, though the picture is superb.



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