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One man's adventure in photography, poetry, and thought.
© copyright Todd Alan Kraft 2011-2016 All rights reserved.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
These are working notes, and I reserve the right to amend, modify, and redact at any time, and without notice.

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Free

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Free

fly
be free
free
of the earth

A photograph of a sea gull taking wing.

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Pine Bark

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Pine Bark

beneath this skin lies the pith
the heartwood deep inside
the needles draped like heaven's quiff
where majesty presides

What appears on the surface, is not always beneath.

A photograph of pine tree bark.

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Poles in a Puddle

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Poles in a Puddle

after the snow is gone
the sidewalk waits
to meet the street

A photograph of a puddle of melted snow with the reflection of utility poles and the sky.

Tagged in: material: water
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Tug and Barge

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Tug and Barge

in the channel
between sea and inlet
the sand collects
in broken beach

A photograph with elevated saturation to bring out the colors.

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Another Day

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Another Day

there is a place where people go
deep inside and down below
beyond the ridge where raptors play
a place we call another day

Today is the last day of your past life.

A photograph of a dead tree in front of a marshland.

Tagged in: subject: trees
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The Wind-Driven Sand

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The Wind-Driven Sand

like tufts of skin
the wind-driven sand
gently mounds

The truth will find you.

A photograph of wind-driven sand with an orange shifted white balance.

Tagged in: subject: beach
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Pipes on a Beach

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Pipes on a Beach

thru these tubes the ocean roars
above these tubes the seagull soars
but if you want to see inside
you have to get down on all fours

It is often the emptiness that defines the space.

A photograph of tubes on a beach.

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Your Pressured Stance Won't Change My Mind

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Your Pressured Stance Won't Change My Mind

[ Perhaps Adagio to Pizzicato. Act I ]

Your pressured stance won't change my mind:
it does no good to threaten me.
Beyond this mast, a hostile sea,
I think you've found yourself a bind.

So put away your steel-edged sword.
your pressured stance won't change my mind.
There are these things you can't afford
when block and tackle troops unwind.

These worldly things have made you blind:
you lust for blood, you lust for gold.
Your pressured stance won't change my mind:
this mockery that I behold.

Uncross your eyes from thoughts confined
to arrogance devoid of might.
What violence will this act incite?
Your pressured stance won't change my mind.

The poem might fit into Adagio's Tale.

A photograph of a dead limb before a sunset.

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With the Wind Behind Me

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With the Wind Behind Me

with the wind behind me
I can do anything
I am as mighty as the mighty sea

Those who withhold the right to question are often hiding something.

A photograph of windsurfers.

Tagged in: subject: beach
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Beetle in the Sand

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Beetle in the Sand

across the dunes
a track proceeds
thru wind blown sand
and fallen reeds

Stubborn foolhardiness gets you to your destination, or gets you killed.

A photograph of an unidentified insect on sand. Its tracks can be seen to the right.

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