One Poem by James Bell

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

candid monochrome

you wonder what they talk about
as the camera shutter clicks which
would have been a loud one then
dark shadows too in available light
from the stage – has to be candid
to call it art later with the head
of the violoncello offering elegant
curved lines slightly out of focus
to the depth of field – not good on
plate cameras – gives a sense here
of romance at this casual meeting
we guess of hearts is being generous
then what happens later when they
hear the sudden noise from a dark
corner of backstage – whether there
are others about and they are not
alone – whether this is just artlessness
and a moment of no importance now
or then – the ballerina merely has sore
feet and needs to sit before going on
again and again during the theatre run –
here she becomes a focal point in this
composition her unwitting Degas pose
a bonus as she becomes centre of
attention as perspective leads our eyes
to her in the light – or the violoncello
just bows a Bach Prelude to the mood


James Bell – returned to writing poetry over twenty years ago and has not yet left. He is a regular contributor to Nine Muses’ Special Challenges. His third poetry collection, Here At The End Of The World, is forthcoming from Lapwing Poetry.

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