Small game.

September 14, 2014 § 3 Comments

A fly on a leaf in the late summer heat.

A man with a camera crouched in the weeds, sun on his neck.

The fly will live a month at most.

A week or two with wings.

The man has time, and time, and time.

He spends it freely, watching.

The man considers the fly.

The fly considers the man.

And the sun beats down.

And the fly glistens.

And the man holds his breath to steady the camera.

And the moment is saved.


Note: The photos you see with my weekly posts are almost always the work of my husband, Ray Faass. When we met he was the photographer for the Baltimore Zoo, capturing elephants, Kodiak bears, polar bears and water buffalo on film.

He goes after smaller game now. 

Next week Slow Dance Journal will take a rest as we will be in the Berkshires for a family wedding. Ray will bring his camera. I bet we come home with more photos of the insects buzzing my sister’s garden than pictures of the wedding party. 

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§ 3 Responses to Small game.

  • Mary says:

    It should be gorgeous in the Berkshires next week! Make sure you bring jackets and other warm attire as the temperature fluctuates from a high in the sixties to the low forties this week, it could even go into the upper thirties in the mountains. Fall is just beautiful here and it will provide a cornucopia of writing material!


    • I am ready for cool weather Mary, although my warm clothes are musty and wrinkled from long months in a closed drawer. I am also ready for a re-supply of writing material. Like the clothes in the drawer, thoughts can become musty.

      Time for some good, fresh air and a dose of family!


  • KM Huber says:

    Ray’s photos are, usually, beyond any words I have, and this post is no exception. This combination of poetry and photo is now saved in my memory as well. Thank you, both!


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