Category: Olympus OM-2

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The Maze, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States of America

The Maze

I was already deep inside
And lost
Before I realized it was a
Maze

But there are times
Places
To not mind being
Lost

The walls seemed sculpted
Textured
With saturated tones of
Warmth

And so I walked
Aimless
Lost in the beauty of the
Walls

Until suddenly I was
Outside
Safe, yet wanting to go
Back

Sometimes it is
OK
To lose my
Self

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Cadillac Ranch, Route 66, Amarillo, Texas, United States of America

Landscapes

These things we do to landscapes

Of space and time
Of politics and social norms
Of family and friends

The things that stay
But never stay the same

The ephemeral things
Lost and soon forgotten

Nothing ever stays
But change

Which is often the point
Of these things we do to landscapes

Change the landscape
Change each other
Change ourselves

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Patrick, Vagabond, Seman Hotel, Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

Vagabond ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #238

Note:
Rule change this week!
See below.

To move
Through time and space
By act of will

Undeterred and
Undirected by
Duty or responsibility

Led not by
Leash or force
Nor beholden to another’s wish

But to stay
In just one place
So long as restless heart desires this

Then move along
To some place other
There to find what’s there to see

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Blackened Earth, Highway G215, Nearing Liuyuanzhen, Gansu Province, China

Rolling through the Ebony

Rolling through
A land of crushed ebony
Tarry asphalt dividing
The slender white lane markers
And scrubby tufts of amber

I scramble up an ebony mound
To find a landscape of ebony mounds
Growing to distant mountains
All of the same ebony skin

“At least,” I think, out loud
Into the air so dry
It swallows up the words
Right off my tongue
“the falling sun seems less
Like a fire
On a cast-iron skillet.”