share a photograph of yourself

choose with care and send it to me

so that I may have you frozen in time

the you, that you were, before we


tint it with saturated tone

accentuate with overtly bright

label it “when i sought alone”

dazzle my inquisitive sight


perhaps a more whimsical take

with a backdrop of bliss-ed bokeh

RAW file, watermarked – not a fake

untouched, entirely you on display


and if offered as muted capture

a sepia tinged daguerreotype

i’ll hold with trembling fingers

as memento

your beloved archetype




bokehΒ is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.


70 thoughts on “Simulacrum”

    1. Your words might easily go to my head and cause an ego explosion!
      Sweetest Priya, my devoted and dear friend – it’s always a delight when you comment with your effusive warmth xo

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      1. And its delight to read your work.
        Appreciation just flow out because it’s from the heart I read your words.
        Ego? You? Never ever now that I know you more than you love.

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    1. Oh! When when of my favorite poets comments I know it’s going to be a Happy Year indeed!! Thanks dear lady … I hope these words find you in uplifted spirits this afternoon…

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      1. Thanks, Diana! I’m beginning the putting of the ducks in a row, trying to sort out…well, life and which direction to go first. πŸ™‚


    1. This is darn wonderful to read … your chirpy personality shines through whenever we interact. I can hear you saying this out loud Arbie! Chuffed when I see you light up my blog πŸ™‚ ❀


      1. And I at your eternal love and encouragement my dearest B. I will never forget a compliment you bestowed upon me so many months ago that entirely spirited my ongoing writing. So much of what I do draws inspiration from your support ❀

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      2. All I can say is … you have a piece of my heart solidly in your grasp. And it hums when I read your writing and hear you play your original music ❀

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  1. The City of light has worked it’s magic my friend ! A very engaging and beautiful write that had me reaching for the photo of you both, which is an image of purest light itself !


    1. No one has ever shouted such praise at me 😊😊…. dear Neha, I’m booking a ticket to come see you right now and prepare yourself for a big hug!!🌹🌹 Happy New Year, you splendid soul 😘

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  2. You bring me not happiness Diana,
    For happiness flails with time,
    You are not the wind Diana,
    For wind is mere a vessel,
    A carrier of pigments golden,
    You are the contentment,
    Which when you write,
    Each time I breathe,
    You are the smile,
    Which pastes its identity on my lips,
    After seeing it on yours,
    You are love Diana,
    For thats what you bring. ❀️❀️❀️


    1. Oh woe is me! That I should wake to such a beautiful piece of prose…. yet cannot rush to you and give you a soul bursting hug πŸ™‚
      To even thank you is not enough dear Nancy! If happiness is fleeting your words induce a mood that will linger with me today and bring forth moments of spontaneous inner dancing. You are a bomb of bliss exploding over my being …. ❀ What I bring to you, surely you concentrate and it's a wonderful thing this sweetness xx


      1. You thought of hugging me and your warm hugs is what I received in dreams with eyes bright open reading your words induced with your magical herbs, created from your sheer passion and love. May this happiness you say, you feel, last for eternity and not mere a day. For it would a dream for the world to wake to your charming smiles each day. 😘😘😘
        Lots of love and hugs for you dearieπŸ€—

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      2. You are such an amazing woman dear Nancy! I truly am the type of person who smiles, who laughs every day. I like to cheer people and make jokes. But, even the lighthearted have private moments that may be darker … and you enter these moments with your care and infinite warmth. You make a difference and I appreciate you. Sending an ocean of buoyant love back at you …. float there for eternity 😘😘


      3. You do the same love. The light hearted one’s know what they carry in the few moments of soliloquy within. Each day you make a difference D. You make me smile and feel your love even if you are oceans apart. You are the light in my moments of doubt sweetheart and I would like nothing more to be so in yours. Pain I maybe can’t share but happiness full of oceans I wish and send for you each day. Divulge in it before you spread it around love. You have earned it the foremost. 😘😘😘

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      4. At your sweet insistence I shall indeed indulge in your graceful warmth. And I also plan to be enjoying more of your written word today as I play Saturday catch up. I couldn’t be happier lovely one ❀ ❀ Are you heading out this evening; surely you should be sharing your wonderful self with those you hold dear?


      5. I will be most glad if you do dear, its almost 11 pm dear. To late to even think of stepping out now. Lets see what tomorrow holds. 😘 You have a lovely day catching up with your friends dear. Have fun all of you πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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      6. Thnku love but the night is still young to lay awake, dreaming of this wonder that is our feelings, this world. And I believe I am more of a reflector glass love, what I get is what is scattered again…. 😘

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      7. Now you know, when you start talking like this I cannot dare leave you alone as you inspire thought and affection. But I am reading your poetry at the same time πŸ™‚ so excuse me πŸ˜‰


  3. This was great! Makes me want to start taking pictures again! I took a couple classes in college, but kind of gave it up after everything went full digital. I miss the darkroom. The sabattier effect was one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ Well done!


      1. Dear V! Safe travels new friend …. as you’ll be on the road shortly I’ll reply to the other lovely comments tomorrow. Have fun in the big smoke πŸ’•

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