Beyond Scale

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

There’s little possible

Perspective

For how to scale

The size of feet

That for so many

Will not fit

In anyone’s shoes

Ever

Not before

Not since.

 

Trivia note: The photo above is a detail of the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok, Thailand (also known as “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” or Wat Phra Chetuphon). The giant Buddha measures 46 meters (over 150 feet) long, 15 meters (almost 50 feet) high, and is covered in gold leaf. The soles of the feet (depicted in the photo above) and the eyes are intricately carved with mother of pearl. The soles of the feet inscribe the 108 holy characteristics of the true Buddha, in both Chinese and Indian styles. The 20 acres of the temple complex also contains over a 1000 Buddha images, many tracing back centuries.

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Unusual perspective

 

Under Cloudy Skies

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Mountains brood

Under skies

Packed with cotton

Piled high

Wrapped in shadows

Near by.

Afternoon

In Chiang Mai.

 

 

For the Wits-End Weekly Photo Challenge: Under Cloudy Skies

 

Not Minor

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Photo: Adi Rozen-Zvi

 

You hold on in the mountains

Where the way of life you had fled

To protect

Has become

Tied into tourists arriving:

Some to gawk

Others to try and learn a bit about

Your rich traditions,

The pain and pride,

The dignity and patient ways,

The complicated significance

Of who you are

And may wish to remain

And how it is bound into the realities

Of avenues still open to you

In a country where you are

Curios and assets,

As well as precious human beings

Full of life and memories,

And to me rare less in your numbers

Than in the profound window

You open into the uniqueness of

Each one of us

And the minority we are or can be

At any time

To some.

 

 

For the Friday Foto Fun challenge: Minorities

 

 

Got Wheels

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Photo: Adi Rozen-Zvi

 

In a mountain village

By a wooden slide

A plastic trike

Awaits a ride.

 

For a playground isn’t

Fully sound

Without some wheels

To go around.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bicycles, Tricycles, etc

 

Golden Goal

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Photo: Adi Rozen-Zvi

 

In temples

Festooned

Not for one day

But all,

Glory shines

Festive gold

For good luck

To prolong.

 

 

For Photo for the Week Challenge: Festive

 

Boulder Holder

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Wrapping tentative fingers

That become tangled vines

Jungle trees tell the boulder:

“You’re my rock, you are mine.”

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

 

All That Glitters

Rooster Bling NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

In the contest for

Bling,

He will certainly

Win.

In the roll call for

Glamour,

He will rise above

Clamor.

In the race for the

Best

He’s the most smartly

Dressed.

As cool temple guards

Go

He’s the top of the

Show.

 

 

For the Photo A Week Challenge: Things with wings

 

Oh The Places You’d Go!

Going Places NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Oh, for you never know

All the places you’d go,

Where the islands rise up

Far away from the shore,

And you end every day

Dreaming of seeing more.

 

 

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public Transportation

 

Guarded

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Sentinels

Set in stone

Guard gates of

This temple zone.

Come to leave

You must pass

By these guards

From the past,

Who protect it

Perhaps

From time’s

Inevitable collapse.

 

 

For the Lens-Artists Challenge: Doors and doorways

 

Rapids

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Photo: Adi RozenZvi

 

And the waters

Rushed

Over slicked rocks

Into ravines.

Deafening the song

Of birds,

And burbling of

Fish,

Into thunder

Mist

As the bamboo

Creaked.

 

 

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Flowing water

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