The Leaping Lads and the Rubberman by Rhoufi
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Outside the old city of Chania on Crete
rests the neglected ruin of an old pleasure pavilion.
The walls and columns are crumbling away,
the mild steel reinforcing bars have rusted through
from the seawater used to mix the concrete.
 
Turn away from the boarded-up cafe,
and you’ll be faced with the empty seawater swimming pool,
now drained, disused, and lined with green weed and algae
floating in the trapped rainwater along with the dead seagulls.
 
You’ll find no tourists here, just the peaceful hush
of the sea murmuring against the rocks,
and the ironic grin of the Rubberman
still clinging to a decaying wall
with entwined arms and legs.
 
He keeps watch over the local lads,
daring each other to leap into the sea
from a rock ledge built in Homer’s era,
but still standing.

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago

    Outside the old city of Chania on Crete
    rests the neglected ruin of an old pleasure pavilion.
    The walls and columns are crumbling away,
    the mild steel reinforcing bars have rusted through
    from the seawater used to mix the concrete.
     
    Turn away from the boarded-up cafe,
    and you’ll be faced with the empty seawater swimming pool,
    now drained, disused, and lined with green weed and algae
    floating in the trapped rainwater along with the dead seagulls.
     
    You’ll find no tourists here, just the peaceful hush
    of the sea murmuring against the rocks,
    and the ironic grin of the Rubberman
    still clinging to a decaying wall
    with entwined arms and legs.
     
    He keeps watch over the local lads,
    daring each other to leap into the sea,
    from a rock ledge built in Homer’s era,
    and still standing.

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiover 2 years ago

     

  • Pascale Baud
    Pascale Baudover 2 years ago

    love your “photocollage” and your text !!!!

  • Pacale!!!! Lovely to see you. I have been working on the framing of your Night Drawings (all 3 framed today – I’ll send you a photo) and I have a 4th frame for the Rubberman photo to go with them. But I am unsure as to how to do it – this is one option, but I’m not sure about it. I have another Black and White one that I think might be better. I’ll send them for your opinion. They look wonderful in their frames.

    – Rhoufi

  • Berns
    Bernsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful action Sequence, love that you have included the Rubberman, lovely write too !

  • Thank you Berns, I thought it was about time I started posting all these Europe photos and this little corner of Chania was a little sad being away from the tourist trails.

    – Rhoufi

  • PhDilettante
    PhDilettanteover 2 years ago

    Delightful, fascinating and thoughtful juxtaposition of old, new and eternal.

  • Margot, I got such a shock when I clicked on your Avatar and found only 3 works – then I realized you have transmutated from your usual persona. Thank you, and as you know I love myth and all the humanity that flows from it. Standing there looking at the new and the old made me feel sad with the temporary nature of the contemporary.

    – Rhoufi

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 2 years ago

    Great sequence and collage! Leaving out the splash shot makes for great tension.

  • Thanks John – these lads kept me waiting a long time before one of them made the jump. They knew I was waiting (or were they just using me as an excuse not to jump!).

    – Rhoufi

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 2 years ago

    Lovely write and images Rhoufi!

  • Thanks Cathy, I’m trying to find time for more writing and hope by using the photos I might share my time with photography more.

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasover 2 years ago

    Oh my…a NEW direction…actually not new new but since I am still not getting to see your work because of some
    RB glitch, ;(((((
    I have to remember to come here ….yet
    I am SO glad that I did. This is wonderful work…Keep it up.
    Peace and peace, again,
    ~sass

  • Oh you know me, always searching for a new direction – mix ‘em up. I never want to take the same image over and over. so I thought I’d try some collage. Thanks for noticing Sass, and for overcoming RB’s glitches to get here ;-)

    – Rhoufi

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