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    Posted: 16 August 2022 at 07:35
Another from my Aussie Odyssey. Working for 7 mths on a 70ha station on the NW NSW plains.
The boss called late one day to say he was running out of fuel on his way back froma distant town. So just a small 250km round trip past vast cropping paddocks.
One station took some 30min from one boundary to the next - at 100kph.
But on the way home, oh the majestic sunset on this vast landscape.
I though of a few captions for this
Long Road in tom tomorrow?
But my Auckland camera club had a monthly comp for Poetry in an image, so I entered this. The judge gave it a merit as se didn't like the setout of the text
from Do not go gentle into that good night" Dylan Thomas,



Edited by happyjack - 16 August 2022 at 08:38
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I love the joining of images with words. And this combination works very well. Exphratic poetry, where an image either inspires the poetry or the poetry is about a particular image, can be very powerful by adding the artist's sentiments to the image. The viewer then has more information about the message the photographer desires to send. A beautiful image by itself. Usually the words are posted on an adjacent sign, not in the image itself, but the method you have chosen here is not off-putting at all.

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And another, this time of the lighthouse at Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire



The Lighthouse, Longfellow

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

Not one alone; from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean's verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o'er the restless surge.

Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night-o'ertaken mariner to save.

And the great ships sail outward and return,
Bending and bowing o'er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn,
They wave their silent welcomes and farewells.

They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.

The mariner remembers when a child,
On his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink;
And when, returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o'er ocean's brink.

Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!

It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace;
It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up, and shake it like a fleece.

The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
And steadily against its solid form
Press the great shoulders of the hurricane.

The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
Of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.

A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of Jove,
It does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
But hails the mariner with words of love.

"Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!"

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Thank you. I wanted the receding text to also match the receding road and also lightened it so it did not intrude to much.
The next one I did put the text to the side.
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Perhaps an appropriate addition is to include the author's name (and title?). These could be in a much smaller font at the end of the poem so as to minimize them as a distraction. Providing recognition to the poet seems like the right thing to do.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Perhaps an appropriate addition is to include the author's name (and title?). These could be in a much smaller font at the end of the poem so as to minimize them as a distraction. Providing recognition to the poet seems like the right thing to do.

Done, plus the full poem of the Lighthouse
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Originally posted by happyjack happyjack wrote:

Another from my Aussie Odyssey. Working for 7 mths on a 70ha station on the NW NSW plains.
The boss called late one day to say he was running out of fuel on his way back froma distant town. So just a small 250km round trip past vast cropping paddocks.
One station took some 30min from one boundary to the next - at 100kph.
But on the way home, oh the majestic sunset on this vast landscape.
I though of a few captions for this
Long Road in tom tomorrow?
But my Auckland camera club had a monthly comp for Poetry in an image, so I entered this. The judge gave it a merit as se didn't like the setout of the text
from Do not go gentle into that good night" Dylan Thomas,



Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas - 1914-1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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Forgot to mention. As one who has tried this, the matching of the poems to the images can be a challenge. Here they work beautifully together.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Forgot to mention. As one who has tried this, the matching of the poems to the images can be a challenge. Here they work beautifully together.


That's for sure. And also after many years one does appreciate poetry learned all those years ago at college - and Dylan Thomas remembered.
But I had to search for a lighthouse poem - and I found the best one!

And I do like to find special captions for my images.
A partial line from T S Eliot's The wasteland
And the dead tree gives no shelter


Edited by happyjack - 16 August 2022 at 12:51
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