Discover Challenge: Portraits

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Poem Portrait

“The Invisible Weight of Time” ~ Ishiuchi Miyako*



Garments that remained of the people

Who disappeared instantly in the atomic blast.

Delicate treasures emptied of form.

Emptiness captured in the photo lens.

Reminded me of when you took photographs.






Once upon a time before we were born,

Do you remember before our meeting?

Afterward your photographs became

The subjects of my studies in pencil

as dusty memories.


Your portrait became a drawing lost in time

Unearthed in a folio of early work.

A quick drawing sketched in greens.

I made you take your glasses off.

You wore that look I knew so well

Just before you’d laugh ~

Then the world broke free in laughter

From the invisible the weight of time.


* (After seeing photographer Ishiuchi Miyako’s interview on NHK TV.

Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, ひろしま/Hiroshima 1945/2007,”




About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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