Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

Another difficult photo topic this week. So I thought of tiny from a different perspective. Last year when I visited Chicago with a group of friends, we took photos at the top of the Hancock Tower. When I looked at the photos tonight, I was surprised to see our reflections in this photo. Thought it offered an interesting comment on “tiny.”

The poem below is tiny, too. It’s about an evening a few years ago, when I went to a concert in Fargo, ND.  I had never heard of Ralph Stanley, but I went anyway. He sang the song called “O Death,” which is on the soundtrack of the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”

I still remember how haunting the lyrics were as this very old and frail man sang to death, asking for one more year of life. So this is my “tiny” poem dedicated to Ralph Stanley.


Song for the Devil
for Ralph Stanley at the Fargo Theater

Your ancient keen
rattles the rafters
as you wind your way
through a plea to Death
for one more year.

You stand alone
on a stage of yellow wood
with fiddle hands folded,
while one beam of light
traps you in white fire.

We hold our breath
in a shadowed balcony
until Death stomps
downstairs and slams
an exit door behind us.

published in Prairie Winds, Spring 2007

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