Surreptitious Photography: Black and White Sunday

sur·rep·ti·tious

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adjective
SURREPTITIOUS, Ah, surreptitious

kept secret, … shhhhh … quiet do not repeat this … especially because it would not be approved of

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Not this time.

Google or Bing driving rapidly through the neighborhood,

Camera perched high on the car roof.

Driving openly,

Driving fast,

Snapping pictures of streets and homes.

No one cares.

Grandmas sipping lemonade under umbrellas in their light cotton robes,

Willing to represent neighborhoods on the internet.

Wave to Google on wheels.

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This time

Innocent-looking  driver

Creeps along the abandoned street,

Fifteen miles an hour

Rounds  the corner.

Grandmas gone

Lemonade littering the gutter cleared from view,

Children obscured behind air-conditioned walls

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Windows smeared and speckled with dog nose prints

Cool inside rolling wordless pale green exterior

Passenger slumped toward the window,

Face obscured, hidden behind the camera lens,

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Feigning interest, where none exists.

Seeking drama, not fluff

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Alert to the quiet that lurked beyond the corner,

Drawn irresistibly towards the

The controversial

house influenced by

Frank Lloyd Wright, his secrets buried with lives already erased

 

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Life oozing from protective plants,

Oven-temperature air weighing down tree limbs,

Heavy with dust,

 

Behind the camera ,

Behind the glass,

Behind the camera,

SNEEZE squeezed into a tiny squeak.

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Recording the house,

Mid-century spaces for intrigue,

Time elapsed storing secrets within clean lines,

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Looking for what was not there.

Slowly,

Secretly,

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Envisioning lives that did not exist,

Except in the author’s mind.

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Visual fuel for Girls on Fire,

Stolen surreptitiously from the unsuspecting home owners.

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Black and White Sunday: The Friendly Beach

The friendly beach

My brother and I took a side trip to Michigan to see the Warren Dunes where we vacationed once as kids.  I wasn’t inspired to return.  I’m sure it must have better days.  This was a bad beach day.  Click on widget to participate in Paula’s challenge.

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