I was recently invited to write ekphrastic poems for photographs by members of the Flagler Beach Photography Club. I was especially struck by this image by Mary Jean Campanelli. These two roses, so elegant and frail, photographed together in this late stage of their lives, seemed to be telling a tender love story. I tried to put some of that into words in a poem of the same title as the photograph, "Last Days."
By Linda Eve Diamond
Said one rose to the other
in their language of lovers….
The end is looming near
my sweet Rose, darling dear.
Remember when you were famous
for your soft skin and vibrant blush?
But tenderness becomes ever-softer
and love’s colors only deepen inside.
What a beautiful life we’ve led,
standing for something so sacred:
Sweet emotion, love, and a lifetime
of devotion, together entwined.
Mary Jean's beautiful "Last Days" photograph won "Best of Show" at the Flagler County Art League show in January and the St. Augustine Camera Club show last spring.
Both Mary Jean and her husband, Joe, take stunning photographs. Browse their Website at www.campanellies.com.
Click here to see each photo from the reading (with links to those posted online), generously shared by photo club member, David Royall.