The Noticers

i
We are observers
DP and I.

ii
I’m a noticer of emotions,
the clouds that pass over a person’s face
when remembering
a small slight,
some words left unsaid
or too many words
expressed in anger.

I notice shifts in relationships
the small sea changes
of our love-comings and goings

I notice when people are lying.

I love the way
the homes of our friends say,
“This is who we are
and what we love
and how we choose to live.”

I am a sucker for beauty
in all of its forms
and also for kindness.
{Are they not often the same thing?}

iii
We both love people-watching.

In a square in Barcelona
children play football
with their grandfathers
and the friends of your parents
become your family.

At school
we notice which kids are artistic
and which ones have big hearts
and which ones need to be encouraged
more often.

We notice
each other,
what the other
wants and needs
which is no small thing
after all these years.

iv
DP is a very special noticer.

He sees tail-fins of whales
in the Atlantic
where I see only waves.

He always spots
immediately
the item for which I’ve been searching
in a grocery store.

He detects patterns
where I see chaos.

He sees poetry and math
as partners.

He sees the structure of stories
as clearly as I see metaphor.

He notices people’s agendas
and he knows
in his bones
whom we should trust.

Now,
at the Red House
in Newfoundland,
he notices the small shifts
in the diamond sea,
the mackerel sky
and the fog that rolls in
like ghosts.

His photos are proof
of his noticing.
He sees life
unfolding
and captures
slight changes,
tumultuous beauty
instinctively,
the way my father tells a joke.

With his lenses
he captures the world
like stars caught
behind clouds on a clear night
in Newfoundland.

{These photos of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland were taken in July 2012 by DP who used a Canon 7D.}

8 comments

  1. Oooooh how lovely. Lying in bed on a holiday Monday winter morning and reading Monna’s poetry and looking at Damo’s pictures. What a lovely way to start a day. Gently. Loving you both from (very) afar in Melbourne :)

  2. Just discovered your blog via freshly pressed. Your gratitude photos are wonderful. Each day I try to find 5 things/events that I’m grateful for, but I never thought of taking photos. How specific! How intentional! Thanks! I also read your post on the price of admission. I hope you reblog it each V-Day–my hubby and I are coming up on 10 years and those “little things” do get in the way if you let them…Love IS hard work, and you put it beautifully. I’m glad I found your writing.

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