still life…

i waited
for his arms to uncross
for the book to open
but the pencils remained
a still life
guarding his secret
that i understood
i caught him
why couldn’t he realise i was waiting
patiently
so patiently before i had to play again
i wanted shapes and scratches to
dance against the rhythm
in a duet
but the pencils remained
poised against the plaid background
quietly listening in stillness.

Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC

February 2013
photo & words by shar

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