A Small Precis

Yesterday I read an article by the journalist Adam Dudding in which the brilliant New Zealand Photographer Marti Friedlander said that taking a photograph was like a poet doing a small precis of a poem. This is my poem in response to this wonderful and much loved artist.

Small Precis for a Big-Hearted Woman
To: Marti Friedlander

I look at you behind the camera around 1958;
could even be a little later. Like you say,
your energy and vitality.

I look at you behind someone else’s lense
fifty eight years on. And none of us
looking at you would say
anything within your nature
has much changed.

For you are handing out this legacy;
even as you receive an Honorary Doctorate;
to each and everyone whom you believe
have capabilities. Your courage is enormous.

It is this dedication and love of life
with which you so rewarded us.
The button is pressed. A marvellous
photograph taken.

Benita H. Kape © 24.10.2016

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