Poems & Photographs

Open Book. B&W. ©Alina Oswald.

April is National Poetry Month

April is here and that means, spring is almost in the air in some parts of the country. In the U.S., April is also National Poetry Month.

I used to write poetry, way back when, but not anymore. That said, I would like to share a poem inspired by the work of award-winning photographer Kurt Weston. The poem is called “Balance” and I included it in my book about his life, work, and activism–Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography.

Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS. Photography by Kurt Weston.
(for Kurt)
by Alina Oswald

Angels and Demons,
Saints and Sinners,
Modern crucifixes,
Stigmatizing Life and what follows it,
Our Journey through Darkness and Light
And the shades of gray in between,
Matter and Antimatter
Make us whole and leave us empty
Creatures of a dual nature:
Surrenders and Survivors,
Seeking a balance
In a world disturbed by shadows.

I’ll keep this post short, but I’d like to ask:

Open Book. B&W. ©Alina Oswald.
Open book. Black-and-white photograph #shotoniphone. ©Alina Oswald.

Do you write poetry? Feel free to share in a comment (below).

Happy Poetry Month!

And, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

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