Dverse – Quadrille 147 – These Eyes

To take a photograph is to align the head,
the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

In twos, borne
sclera grapes,
socket twins,
camera duets
note lens shifts.

Panoptic seas,
eagles to snails,
eyes of newborn
until final closing.

In color surprises
to weepy accepts
discern silhouettes;
sweet Arbus furs
to sulphur-stung
correspondents’
captured stares,
to media fairs.

Interactive
prisms.

Top image by Diane Arbus

Bjorn is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille Monday. Bjorn says:
So today for you you are to write a Quadrille, 44 words which have to include the word eye in the main body of the poem,

66 Comments Add yours

  1. It is amazing what you can capture through the eyes of a lens. Love the sclera grapes

    Liked by 3 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bjorn.

      Like

  2. Dale says:

    Wow, Lisa! Love this!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thanks and happy you connect with it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Dale says:

        Yes ma’am!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I like the broken nature of this poem – it reminded me of the photogarpher giving instructions. Of course, we are all photographers now.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sarah.

      Like

  4. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Wow. I impressive ways to think of the eyes.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like, Ali, thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. merrildsmith says:

    Our lenses and the camera’s–very creative, Lisa.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Merril. I started thinking about what eyes actually are, concluding they pretty much are organic cameras.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa. Yes, true.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Gillena Cox says:

    Nice one!!!
    It looked kind of long the way it is presented. I counted.

    Much love

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Haha! Gotcha! Thanks, Gillena 🙂

      Like

    2. Wow! All through a lens.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Ron. says:

    Quadrilliffic, Lisa. Salute!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ron.

      Like

  8. Absolutely stunning, lyrical and lexigraphically sexy. Loved it.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Ooh! Happy to receive such high praise, Christopher, thank you.

      Like

  9. Grace says:

    This reads as a list poem of that lens shifting. Eyes of the newborn is special.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Grace, thank you, much appreciated.

      Like

  10. I was forced to cheat to find out what sclera were..no idea. Such an eclectic array of imagery

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      You cheater you! Thanks for reading and your comment, Larry.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. sdtp33 says:

    I like the chopped up rhythm in this, Lisa, and the photo is priceless.
    JIM

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Jim! If you click on that photo link it will take you to a bunch of her photos. She was a phenomenal photographer.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Barbara S says:

        hi ms, what strikes me is the quote not also a deeper less scary way into the other, the dream image…? aligned they may not be scary? (Not for me to know, it’s your dream). Thanks for writing,

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          May be. Thanks for your pondering, Barbara. Good food for thought.

          Like

  12. lillian says:

    What I feel here are the many angles of the prism….the views of many eyes…the listing of many eyes. The subject’s, the photographer’s, the cameras. All the lenses as they focus. I enjoyed this take on the word very much.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      I like what you see with your eyes, Lillian. Thank you.

      Like

  13. Rob Kistner says:

    Wild poem Lisa, loved it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Rob, my friend, thank you. Happy to geek you up with it 🙂

      Like

  14. memadtwo says:

    Arresting, both words and image. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, not sure if I ever asked you about Diane Arbus before? Do you know anything about her from a NYC dweller POV?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. memadtwo says:

        Not really. I just know her images are always discomfiting. But then life often is.

        Liked by 1 person

  15. rothpoetry says:

    Well done Lisa. I have to think as I watch the news guys over covering the war, “I wonder what the people think who are watching their performance!”

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you. I am only hearing bits & pieces about what is going on over there but it’s enough to admire anyone who hasn’t run in the opposite direction.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. rothpoetry says:

        It is not good news for sure! You are right, they are very courageous to stand up against the Russian bear!

        Liked by 1 person

  16. Truedessa says:

    The lens has caught many images from snails to eagles. My lens always follows the eagle until I can no longer see it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading, Truedessa. I have a visual of a sea of eyeballs floating throughout the cosmoplasm in pairs, looking here and there….

      Like

  17. I like this take on the prompt. Well done.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Miss Arcadia I am pleased you are pleased. Thank you very much.

      Like

  18. The hairdo of the lady in the photo is remarkable, as is your poem!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, many thanks to you. Arbus was a first class photographer. She didn’t shy away from those who were different. She welcomed them with open arms.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Ain says:

    Real versatile wordplay in this poetry of duality of ideas..

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ain. I wish you would say more about the duality you see in it?

      Like

  20. Sadje says:

    A very creative poem Li

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Badfinger (Max) says:

    That picture just catches your attention…I like “Panoptic seas” and “color suprises”

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max, glad you connect with it.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. I could hear the click of old-fashioned camera shutter after each line! The eye of the camera often captures for eternity what the human eye misses.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, I appreciate your perception of it, hadn’t thought of camera clicking but yes, like snapshots, so awesome! Thank you so much. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you 🙂and you are welcome. ❤️

        Liked by 1 person

  23. the many perspectives and layers of visions – this is the main feeling i got from these deliciously done poem. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Rosemarie, thank you for your impressions of the poem 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  24. pvcann says:

    I love the many aspect of eyes that you give, and the shape of the poem too! And to top it off a hero of mine, Arbus, a great post as well as a great poem.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul thank you, glad the post was a hit with you 🙂 ❤

      Like

  25. writingwhatnots says:

    So many imaginative ways of seeing eyes – lovely poem Lisa.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Trying to imagine a world without eyes is difficult. Thanks much, Marion 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  26. I particularly liked

    “color surprises
    to weepy accepts
    discern silhouettes”

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Phillip!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Lisa, how creative to feature a photographer in your poem. Think of all the eyes she’s stared into. Brilliant! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Colleen, thank you very much for noticing 🙂

      Like

  28. Helen Dehner says:

    This is stunning, Lisa! I simply echo the high praise from those who commented before me …………

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you! Since I love cameras, I was delighted to see Bjorn’s prompt word.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.