Breaking the Ice

Well it isn’t the semester until your first photo idea doesn’t work out. Wouldn’t be convenient if everyone just always said yes and let us into their lives. So now I’m back to square one and scrambling for another subject. I was trying to track down another person I had shot in a photo early on in staff and I did not get all the caption info that the photo needed. I’m still going to pursue that but probably not for this. I’m afraid I’m thinking of ideas that are one and done projects and not longer stories. I have to remind myself that every project can be a piece to another project. Also in reading Bird by Bird I got a nice chuckle out of this poem.


by Phillip Lopate
we who are
your closest friends
feel the time
has come to tell you
that every Thursday
we have been meeting
as a group
to devise ways
to keep you
in perpetual uncertainty
discontent and
by neither loving you
as much as you want
nor cutting you adrift

your analyst is
in on it
plus your boyfriend
and your ex-husband
and we have pledged
to disappoint you
as long as you need us

in announcing our
we realize we have
placed in your hands
a possible antidote
against uncertainty
indeed against ourselves
but since our Thursday nights
have brought us
to a community of purpose
rare in itself
with you as
the natural center
we feel hopeful you
will continue to make
demands for affection
if not as a consequence
of your
disastrous personality

then for the good of the collective

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