Longing by Mary Ann Reilly

Companion Poem: Longing and Forgetting

Winter and the few remaining birds
squat on wires stretched
from pole to pole
alongside the coastline:
dark ink blotches

Dusk comes hard
in this borderland
between longing and forgetting
and we speed beyond
the sea-shack shanties,
worn signposts,
leaving behind
the coastline
and an odd remembrance
of what we cannot become.

Here between sky and sea
what we’ve known
is gradually erased.
The familiar becomes
fuzzy, distant
until what is bird
and what is sky
cannot be known.

The only certainty, you say,
is the replay: caught as we are
on this awful road to becoming
like some damn mobius strip
destined to travel again and again
and I watch
as you turn your shoulder
into the next curve
so that your body
becomes the car,
becomes my very breath,

Sant’Anna in Camprena
August 2009

Nikon D300

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Companion Work: Poem – Longing and Forgetting

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  • laminarwind
    laminarwindover 5 years ago

    Great light & composition.

  • thanks Dragan:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings Mary Ann; A wonderful candid capture ! Love the framing, composition and lighting ! Excellent use of black and white ! Beautiful !

  • thanks Steve _ A candid moment.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • shanhair
    shanhairover 5 years ago

    what a great shot, i love it :)

  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    mary ann.
    terrific image, well composed and lighted artfully. she’s perfect!

  • a quick candid shot. thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Noel Elliot
    Noel Elliotover 5 years ago

    really like this image

  • thanks

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Peacefulwarrior
    Peacefulwarriorover 5 years ago

    beautiful image…..

  • thanks

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • jenseyes
    jenseyesover 5 years ago

  • thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • TaniaLosada
    TaniaLosadaover 5 years ago


  • thanks

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    Excellent work Mary.
    Congrats on the feature.

  • thanks Richard:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Stuart Thorpe
    Stuart Thorpeover 5 years ago

    I really like this…the rough old brickwork and the weathered window frame go perfectly with her uncombed hair and dishevelled look. Sometimes the grab shots are better than anything you can stage.

  • love candid work. thanks Stuart.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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