Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dignify This; for David O'Kane, 4 June, 2008

David O'Kane, Self Portrait (as Lewis Carroll), digital photograph, 2004
printed by permission

Dignify this,
how a man would resort to machine
to assemble/express his Victorian dream...
For which there was no compromise -
Demanding contemporaries
avert their eyes.
When this is left - the life-lorn photograph -
Obscuring one heart
from his passionate path
of absolved reminiscences -
fixing instead, a loving, child-mind
far, far ahead of his time...
So that we, the children
could look back in space
and know the humanity there
in his face;
where we learn to perhaps
break down such walls
that harden inside us,
steadfast, and old.

for David O'Kane, 4 June, 2008

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