"Just a second," the typical reassuring lie I spoke aloud
I stopped more frequently than I had been walking.
At first they would wait for me,
But after a while it was simply no use to wait for another person
Whose mind strayed- stuck in moments
Swept out to tide many waves ago.
Just you and the bird and the camera between you
Living in the past of those who could move on so quickly
To evade time in every sense of the matter
To soak up every last detail that I could grasp
To preserve it in my mind
For just a second longer through an all-seeing lens
To protect the images that others would overlook
But with each passing second,
There was evidence of change.
Another inch of sand was carpeted.
The white foam of the ocean's everlasting waves
One grain of sand displaced among the millions
With mechanical eyes
I tried to slow the seconds.
From my seagull subject,
My eyes diverted away for a second
To witness reality slipping away.
The bird which ensnared my attention too had taken flight,
And selfishly I attempted with every last mental effort
To pull it back with the repetitious clicking of a shutter button.
My visual subject could conform to time's compelling demands,
But mental painter sought a frozen instant for the perfect snapshot.
Change is inevitable.
Waves constantly alter the shape of the shoreline.
I must utilize change to my benefit to gain a better image,
To gain better perspective as a person.
Strapping my camera around my shoulder,
I managed to overcome the scene that I had contemplated.
I trotted my bare feet after my next tempting image.
This passion disconnected me from others for a moment,
But brought me closer to self-awareness.
No longer a lack of regard for the events of life itself,
To take pictures is to capture moments
To enjoy the still second of that window of life
To hold it in possession for as long as I would like
To contain the past in a fluid and momentous way
Not a perfect moment,
A simply imperfect one left to the decay of time
No longer indicative of a fear of change,
But a new embrace of change without fear
And willingness to move onto the next adventure
My personal way of appreciating
The balance of the past with the present
I remain passionate for each still to be taken.
I am ready to pursue new scenery in life.