Transformations - Poetry

Ben Magro: ‘Life lines’

Posted:  Friday, May 23, 2014 - 2:45pm

Life lines

she took my hands in hers

fell silent as she saw

my lifelines

bisected as they are

by irrevocable fate


I said 

i know don't worry

it will be suddden death for me

I am ready

better than surfing on a bedpan


years ago

a seer had the same shock

on seeing the lines in my hands

like the bones thrown on the deck

that fortold the mutiny


that was when I was freed

whirling end over end

not worring any more

if i was on the right road

or the wrong road


a mahatma showed me

if one is sincere

and seeking

the truth

there is no wrong road

Benjamin Magro is a working Maine photographer/writer. Born in Ohio in 1952, he moved to Maine in the early 1970s and began working as a photographer at a weekly local newspaper.

Since that time he has worked for many clients and publications while operating a studio, first in Camden and later in Belfast. His photographs have been published in state and national publications, including The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Sunday supplement, Horticulture, Yankee, National Geographic Traveler and Down East magazine. In addition to editorial assignments, Ben produces commercial photographs for clients throughout Maine and New England.

He currently lives in Appleton and is working on various editorial and commercial assignments.

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