Sunday, April 7, 2013

Why Him? In photos, poetry and prose

Every photo tells a story...

...and here's one of mine.

More and more in my travels here and abroad, I see young couples entangled in a romantic embrace, lip-locked like barnacles to the hull of a ship.  It’s sometimes quite bemusing.  Often I wonder, “What does she see in him?”

My co-author, Hank Kellner, who frequently travels with me, loves to do street photography and has amassed albums of his work.  I enjoy leafing through those images and choosing one or another to inspire a poem or a story.

Take for instance this couple, caught by Hank Kellner’s lens, exchanging a kiss along one of the river walks that edge the shores of New York City.  The following photo and poem combination appears in our book, Reflect & Write (Prufrock Press, 2013).  And, for anyone not familiar with the name Zac Efron, feel free to substitute the name of any man whose mere physical countenance makes women sigh with longing and get all starry-eyed and tingle-toed.

Anyone who’s a kisser I’m always interested in.”  - Cher

No Zac Efron

He’s no Zac Efron
I’m sure you’d agree,
But he’s kind of cute I think.
With a slow easy smile
That’s part of his style
And a little “come here” wink.

His tattoos cover much that’s not seen
But at least there’s no ring in his nose.
‘Though his brain’s not too keen,
If you know what I mean,
And he favors the oddest of clothes,
Yet, he’s the one I chose.

I don’t understand it myself.

I guess the answer is this—
‘Though he belches and scratches and snores,                                                  
Often sucks his teeth with a hiss,
When he takes me in his arms
I simply cannot resist,
As he lowers his lips to mine—

Oh my!  He can certainly kiss!

                        ~Elizabeth Guy

Ah yes, Spring is in the air, the pheromones flying everywhere!  Even old codgers are not immune. 

I remember several years ago when a widowed friend became romantically involved with a gentleman, and their relationship turned serious.  Her son asked her, “Why him, Mom?”  She told me afterwards in confidence, “I really couldn’t explain it at the time.  I mean, you can’t tell your son something like, ‘Well, when he kisses me I melt like an ice cream pop in a steam room!’”

Do you have any photos that inspire you to write?

Coming next week~                   
What is this boy thinking?
Also, visit my co-author's blog at
See his ten-part series on photo prompts to inspire writing at

And Don’t Miss…

            English teacher Mara Dukats and writer-photographer Cynthia Staples’ poems “white on white” and “The Absence of Color.” They’re in Part Four of Hank Kellner’s  twelve-part series THE POWER OF PHOTOS TO INSPIRE WRITING at the Creativity Portal  website,  as well as Anna J. Small’s writing assignment in "Viewing and Writing about Photos from Around the World"
            Also, read more about Reflect and Write in the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

                          A Helpful Source for Inspiration
For more photos and information not included in this blog, please visit Reflect and Write contains more than 300 poems and photos; keywords; quotations; either “Inspiration” or “Challenge” prompts; a “Themes to Explore” section; a “Twelve Ways to Inspire Your Students” section; a special “Internet Resources” section, and more. Includes CD with photos and poems from the book. Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing by Hank Kellner and Elizabeth Guy (Prufrock Press, 2013), 153 pages, $24.95.

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