It’s a black and white day – fitting for a journey to the past

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where yesterday easily blurrs with today

FullSizeRender_2where peering through dilapidated windows
throws a muddied light 

upon shadows of specters
strolling paint chipped hallways,
jingling their rings of brass skeleton keys
reminding the building’s blue-chambray-shirted guests
that freedom
is now nothing
but a seven-letter-word.

upon further inspection

Ai Wei Wei Alcatrazfaint echoes of  The Beer Barrel Polka
 bust from a cumbersome form of piano’s cousin

Alcatraz cellOne hand’s stubby, transparent fingers
rest upon strategic ladybug-sized buttons
while the other flies over keys of a different sort
lending an air of camouflage
to the aria sung by filed spoon handles
– improvised tools –
at moldering cement
in secret preparation
for the escape

Only on the ride home


do these blurred visions return to focus.

Ever been to Alcatraz? What was your experience? If you do manage a visit in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to catch the Ai Weiwei Exhibit on Human Rights and Freedom of Expression. It’s well worth the trip! Here’s a teaser…

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About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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13 Responses to BLURRED VISIONS

  1. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Oh, Donna! This one is on my bucket list when we go to California next year! I have heard so many people say what a neat trip Alcatraz is. Love that shot of the sailboat on the trip back and the format of this, how you intermingled black and white and present and past really does give a good sense of blurring!


    • It is definitely worth the trip. Just remember to buy your tickets ahead of time. Although they do a nice job with crowd control, I think late afternoon is less crowded and since summertime stays light out longer, it’s a nice option. BUT then there’s always the SPOOK tour at night. Ah…so many options. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment.


  2. Windy Mama says:

    What great ghostly images from a place with plenty to spare, I’m sure. I love this: “…ladybug-sized buttons”!


  3. Lyn says:

    I’ve never been, nor am I likely to ever get there, but I have seen docos about it. I have been on a night tour of our old Quarantine Station on Sydney Harbour and it was pretty spooky. Some – well lots actually – guests died while visiting, and some were murdered. It can get really scarey when they take you through the mortuary section and turn out the lights 😀


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