Poetry: Photography by Chris Mason

 

Masons at Mt Rushmore

The Masons at Mt. Rushmore

1
Leave old Sappho book
open to water-color poems
     outside overnight
to be photographed at dawn.

2
Disposable camera
left on dashboard during meteor storm
     has handprints
of Solar System.

3
Small girl in photograph with grandparents
on dock at lake
     holding their hands
got married Saturday in their absence.

4
35-millimeter cameras
around necks of
     family members at Mt. Rushmore,
1962.

5
Pictured in National Geographic,
Silver mine workers;
     gathering on Google,
Lithium and Yttrium miners.

6
Photobook of social situations
with social captions
     to teach social skills
where knowledge of other minds is weak.

7
Camera perches on top of mountain,
flies alongside migratory birds,
     clicking, chirping
f-stop,    f-stop,    f-stop,   f-stop.

8
Leave box of Dad’s notepads in garden;
leave box of daughters 3rd grade journals in tree-house;
     let sunlight and chlorophyll permeate pages;
bring boxes inside.

Chris Mason a Baltimore poet, author of Hum Who Hiccup (narrow House, 2011) and Where To From Out (Furniture, 2013), and a member of 3 bands: The Tinklers, Old Songs, and Coocoo Rockin Time.

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