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I Would Photograph You

Bob MacKenzie 1947 (New Westminster)



I would photograph you in just that way,
you reclining among the windblown grain,
the sun winnowing its light through your hair,
your cotton summer dress soft in its light.

You would be resting there in the sunlight
gazing up the hill at that warm farm home
inviting you to come when you’re ready
like that shining city you see in dreams.

I would add colour to this photograph,
clover perhaps or daisies in the breeze,
and bright paint on that old grey house and barn,
and add a bright print to your cotton dress.

I would photograph you in just that way,
lit by sunlight in a world of flowers
where songbirds sing and the sun seeks you out
but, most of all, I would photograph you.

About this poem

This romantic poem written in 2011 is patterned after Andrew Wyeth's lovely painting, "Christina's World," reframing the image from a photographer's point of view. An award-winning poem, it was first published in the anthology "That Not Forgotten" (Hidden Brook Press, 2011) and most recently in the book "footsteps in the garden" (Cyberwit, 2021).

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Bob MacKenzie

Canadian poet Bob MacKenzie grew up with artist parents. His father was a professional photographer and musician and his mother a photo technician, colourist, and painter. By a very young age, he had developed a natural affinity for photography and for the intricacies of language. MacKenzie's body of work includes numerous award-winning poems and stories. more…

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