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To be a white bird
To be a white bird
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Challenge: Horizon Line (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Date: Dec 5, 2010
Galleries: Blur
Date Uploaded: Dec 5, 2010

And this was the shape of her desire:
To be a white bird beating its wings against night.
Beating until that was all. To be. Yet not the bird. Or night. Or the air. Or the beating.
To be a white bird.

Chris Abani

Statistics
Place: 85 out of 94
Avg (all users): 5.0074
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.0909
Avg (non-participants): 4.9506
Views since voting: 573
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 136
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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12/14/2010 09:14:35 AM
thank you les
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12/14/2010 08:51:28 AM
beautiful.
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12/13/2010 07:35:45 PM
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_657242.jpg - You got an XPrize, for my highest rated images that came lowest in the final rankings.

A lovely, dark and soft image. It lets us see our desires. Stunning.
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12/13/2010 12:20:00 PM
One of my favourites, love it.
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12/13/2010 12:19:31 PM
I love it all the more with that poem inside it.
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12/13/2010 10:37:40 AM
A nine from me. I loved your white bird.
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12/13/2010 06:08:49 AM
Awesome! I gave a poem to Les! All unbeknownst... And SHE, she had a poem in the notes! Poets united!
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12/13/2010 12:11:47 AM
Congrats on making the PH gallery! Maybe he'll hang it next to mine :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2010 10:09:42 PM
Posthumous Art Gallery

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12/12/2010 05:33:35 PM
i can see the bird!
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12/12/2010 05:22:14 PM
This is definitely a candidate for the Posthumous award.
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12/12/2010 04:12:03 PM
Not gloriously, but sadly, hanging on,
the White Ship trembles at the verge of dawn.
The Paper Albatross dips, and reveals
(in the White wings) a Whiteness that conceals.

'No way home against the wind!' taunts porpoise,
the while sharks nibble madly at the corpus
delicti
, and some Whale-Judge from a Black sea
steams at the universe of poetry.

Words whirled, the White Words, vanish without trace.
Moray's a bailiff with a yawning face.
Anemone greets Hydra in the jury;
both bored, they stifle yawns it's an old story,

Brueghel's Icarus uttering once again
(this time in verse) the solitude of pain.
The Judge, of course, has heard it all before;
he thinks, in fact, that poetry is a bore

And has no business standing at the bench.
He wanders. He dreams of some fluky wench,
and hears, at a great distance, his Brothers singing.
He is the Whale, and the White Ship winging

Its hapless course is surface-bound forever,
chaste in the wind the wind that whispers 'Never!'
to all who plead the case of the raped poem,
the Word that, wounded, cannot find its home.

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It's a poem I wrote 20 years ago, and the image brings it back to my mind. Thanks for that. Lovely image. Bump to 9 from me.
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12/10/2010 09:34:46 PM
This is freakin' awesome.

I've just spent numerous minutes with your photo.

Yes, still awesome. One of my favorites.
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12/10/2010 06:13:15 AM
At the beginning there is just a horizon, and then the birds and distant clouds emerge out of the sky emulsion. Thanks for the experience.
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12/10/2010 01:22:08 AM
Too blurry
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12/07/2010 04:47:18 PM
I find this image a bit too abstract and obscure to fit the bill for this challenge theme. Came back to this image for another look. I think I see a lighthouse and a seagull. But the whole image is just too blurry for me. I actually get a bit cross-eyed looking at it. I am sure you had your own reasons for presenting it this way though.
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12/06/2010 10:50:16 PM
i love the out-of-the-box entries in this challenge. 7
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12/06/2010 07:23:44 PM
Very neat image. Love the oof.
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12/06/2010 12:06:25 PM
This image makes me want to stare at it until things come into focus. I think it helps if I cross my eyes and squint a little. The essence of a moment in time.
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12/06/2010 09:26:28 AM
Oh, now I'll be thinking of Jefferson Starship's "White Bird" all day. :)
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12/06/2010 02:29:18 AM
I like the ethereal look
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