‘night train to sapa ’

Thank you, Emily. I really had fun with this collaboration.

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I received Emily’s photograph September 28nd 2013. Having followed her blog, from the beginning, I had often thought what would I do if I were asked to put together a piece for this collaboration.

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Emily invited me to participate and I was sent the photograph to interpret from my point of view. My first thought was, I’m looking at a full moon at night viewed from a moving train. The image reminded me of an overnight trip on a local train from Hanoi to Sapa in Northern Vietnam. I lay on a steel plank on the bottom bunk. I shared the compartment with five other people.  It was dark. Flashes of light came in through the window. Metal against metal screeched. Strange smells, sights and sounds of humans asleep came at me for what turned out to be a long nightmarish night. I kept my mind occupied by writing a poem…

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Election Day – America

Election Day, November, 1884 by Walt Whitman

These stormy gusts and winds

waft precious ships,

Swell’d Washington’s,

Jefferson’s,  Lincolin sails.

In August I made this image in Bruges, Belgium.

After a stormy day, the rain stopped,

The dark sky cleared,

Blue sky swept the clouds away.

In a small square men and women danced

the tango among puddled reflections.

Dusk in the Medieval City of Bruges – Belgium

Spire of Vrouwekerk – click on image to enlarge

The light sprinkling of rain had stopped. At dusk, the sky turned an extraordinary blue. Light settled on the buildings creating a night of wonder for our overnight stay in Bruges. We walked in awe, our faces looking up at the sky mixing with buildings from the 12th century on.  When darkness settled, we found  a restaurant on the canal where we ate dinner and talked about the beauty of this old city.

http://fenyastravels.com/2012/09/13/ibis-brugge-centrum-bruges/