Monday, March 19, 2007

One Deep Breath - "Breath"


Defeated, angry,
he struggles to catch his breath
and won't meet my eyes.
j
In contrast to the giddy high of his gold medal, this is a picture of my son after a hard-fought losing battle. He probably wouldn't like to show it, but I think it is beautiful to see him collecting his thoughts... catching his breath... learning from the loss... deciding how to proceed. A crucial moment. A tipping point on the scale - how to react to loss? Depression or determination?

12 comments:

Liza Lee Miller said...

really nice poem and picture.

Brian said...

Sometimes in the loss, more is gained.

Your haiku and picture is moving.

Robin said...

I love your take on the prompt! Defeat definitely teaches us wisdom when it comes to expressing our emotions. Very thoughtful.

1blkquill said...

awe that was too perfect, the expression of the pic and the haiku. Great job!

Regina Clare Jane said...

Aw, the poor fella- I can see the disappointment. Been there many times...
Thanks for sharing this bit with your son... we can all relate, I'm sure...

Sandy said...

You couldn't have had a better shot to show this feeling. Very nice haiku.

Nancy Bea said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is a lovely poem and a great photo...as you say, you can see him pulling himself together internally. A good reminder that often we learn more from defeat than from victory.
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places." – Hemingway

Tammy said...

I loved the way you captured his loss in your haiku. Well done!

Crafty Green Poet said...

yes we all need to experience defeat sometimes.....

hundred and one said...

As the saying goes You win some, you lose some.

Losing makes you stronger I think. Great haiku.

Star said...

A very personal haiku moment, well put.

AnastasiaC said...

great picture - you've captured it well!!