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Half-Alive Portrait

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Dark was the night,

Dead were the streetlamps

And all the car headlights,

Half-alive city junkies

Lined-up for methamphetamine

As I bumped into a man

Who seemed sober and fine.


I bought out my camera

As he adjusted his eyes,

Lens focused on him

As he tried hard to smile,

His eyes blinked slower than

The slow shutter speed;

I could see some white

On the dark stubble

On his left cheek,

But he still told me

That it was just weed.




◄ A Considerate Bartender

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Manish Singh Rajput

Fri 14th Jun 2024 11:57

Thank you Keith, Tim and Martin, for your most valuable insights. And thanks to all those who liked this.
Tim, it's generally the photographs that motivate me to write something, some pictures just stay in your head such as this. I haven't yet incorporated any of my photos into poetry yet, but I do have plans of creating a photography blog, the link of which I'll be sharing here on my profile. Thanks again, my friend.😊

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Martin Peacock

Fri 14th Jun 2024 08:07

A fine glimpse into the underworld we think beneath us, if ever we think about it at all. We forget that addicts are just people, like us. They went looking for something to fill the hole in their lives and ended up digging that hole even deeper. Nicely written.

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Tim Higbee

Thu 13th Jun 2024 13:18

Interesting poem Manish. The night-time world is a different place. It is fascinating, the intricacies between what the lens of a camera details as opposed to the lens of our eyes. There is a similarity between poems and photography.
Have you incorporated any of your photos into your poetry?

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keith jeffries

Thu 13th Jun 2024 09:54

A brief venture into a world many off us never see and also what lies behind such a human condition.
Thank you for this,

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