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Saturday, 21 April 2007
09:11:48 PM (GMT)
This is a poem by John Updike. Simple, yet faintly morbid. Enjoy:

Exposure by John Updike

Please do not tell me there is no voodoo,
For, if so, how then do you
Explain that a photograph of a head
Always tells if the person is living or dead?

Always I have never known it to fail.
There is something misted in the eyes, something pale,
If not in the lips, then in the hair-
It is hard to put your finger on, but there.

A kind of third dimension settles in:
A blur, a kiss of otherness, a milky film.
If, while you hold a snapshot of Aunt Flo,
Her real heart stops, you will know.

-- Like I said, it's not flashy or complicated, but it's simple and to the point.
There's charm in this.

cupid360 says:   21 April 2007   518942  
dont understand.
MoonlitTearsGabriella says:   21 April 2007   251563  
Amazingly simple, but so well-orchestrated. I looked at a photograph
of my paternal great-aunt (since passed) and the light looks drained
from her eyes, even though she is smiling so broadly in the photo.
Then, I looked at a picture of my cousin (living), who has the same
emotions in her eyes as her great-grandmother, but she seems so much
more lively. Updike, you are a charm-filled madman.
MoonlitTearsGabriella wonders:   21 April 2007   957286  
It's kind of eery, isn't it? <3
SilkySilhouette says :   22 April 2007   621753  
Yup. That's why I love this poem ^_^


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