Three For One

Three For One

Here’s a poem I wrote recently as part of a competition on the theme “Making pictures”.

For those of you not in the know, a Triptych is a set of three pictures, each related to a similar subject (e.g. Frederick McCubbin’s “The Pioneer”). So in this poem, I tried to create a set of three pictures, all with similar elements – fire / heat, smoke / smells, wondrous sounds, etc.



Ancient flames crackle on wizened twigs.
I crouch upon the dusty cavern floor.
Wisps of sacred smoke caress my hair
While I make pictures on the rocky wall. 

Dark stick-men chase herds of totem beasts.
My ochred fingers craft a timeless scene.
I dream of victory in tomorrow’s hunt
As Tribal voices chant the mystical songs.

Watcher from a future day,
I am like you.
I live and love.
I laugh and dance.
I weep and wonder in the dawn of time.

Holy candles flicker on the altar.
I stretch beneath the vaulted chapel ceiling.
Pungent incense wafts through hallowed halls
While I make pictures on the plaster wall. 

Angels and patriarchs pause in pious pose.
My paint-stained fingers deftly dab and brush.
I dream of eternity and creation’s span
As choral voices echo from the walls.

Watcher from a future day,
I am like you.
I gasp in awe.
I gaze at stars.
I long for answers to eternal questions.

Brilliant sunlight pierces through the clouds.
I stand atop a mountain’s forest glade.
Eucalypt and wattle tinge the air
While I make pictures through my camera lens. 

Exhilarated hikers in the frame,
My sweaty fingers click and twist the dials.
I drink the pristine glory of this place
As bird songs warble in the forest air.

Watcher from a future day,
I am like you.
I conquer hills.
I walk long paths.
I drink the splendour of our world.

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