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The Darkroom

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The Darkroom

Is it not enough that you’ve hung me beside
myself from your fraying rope - tendered by 

graying wooden clips with rubber fingers?
Must we really soak on dry until we are sepia

toned under-developed photographs, left on fix? 
Why is it you still feel the need to marinate

my every flexed tendon in formaldehyde?
Is it the slow bumping up against red glass

that turns you on; that you relish? Or simply
the come-hither thrill of the bottled hunt?

Watching our developing forms (and by ‘our’,
I mean me and myself - I left the party half

cocked and ready for more long ago) submerged
beneath the red tinge of shadow forms split at 

the wrists - dividing one truth from the
next - your tapping, impatient, ready to dance 

fingers drumming my convoluted tumbler to
halves; throwing tomatoes, cabbage and micro-

brewed beer bottles at my smiling face as it 
develops, appearing as every God damn thing 

you never could do; slowly, quickly emerging
hung                             on the next pin over.

O’ how you hate that photo!
The one where I’m smiling and you’re not.

The one where I know who I am, and you
don’t. The one where even though there are

two of me; there are, (at last count) 10,000 of 
you. And if you could see your own face through

the wide V darkroom dusk looking back at 
yourself, you would see that sometimes even 

the best photographers get it wrong. Sometimes, 
all there is, is shadow covering up the best parts,

leaving no room for light meters, fixer, or dull 
graying clips clutching white Mickey Mouse fingers, 

forcing the image still.





© Kristin Reynolds 5 7 09

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  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:25:00 PM

    Congratulations on your 13th Place win in PS's Intl. Contest '09! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 8:08:00 AM

    I liked the use of questions and the use of reasoning. Well done

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 9:00:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in the October 2009 PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest Kristin. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 11:39:00 PM

    Wow Kristin, its wonderful. So happy to read you again. Many congratulations my dear. Love always, Chitra

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 10:24:00 PM

    Congrats! You deserved this one....very nice!

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 3:52:00 PM

    Wonderful use of imagery! Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Soup contest. Another honor for you to enjoy. Wishing you many more. Hope things are going well for you. Karen

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 11:43:00 AM

    The is one of the more enjoyable reads I can remember read(s)ing...awesome! I love the familiar tones mixed with the sublime details, moving back-and-forth, with a strong, core sensuality ridng the entire wave, seeping through the lines. Terribly well done. If I could make out with this poem I would.

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 10:49:00 AM

    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the PoetrySoup Site October Contest. I wish you the best in the finals . May 2010 be the year you see your writing endeavors become reality. Nice to see you could take time to enter the contest. Love and blessings to you and yours always, Carol

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 1:20:00 AM

    Dear Kristin, Congratulations on all three sensational entreies . Best wishes on advancing to the finals. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:43:00 AM

    Kristin my friend, Congrats on your poems winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 12:48:00 AM

    Congrats on your first round contest success Kristin.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 11:30:00 AM

    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem Kristin >> James

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 7:43:00 PM

    Sometimes you put life into your words that just leap out at the reader. Vince

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 12:06:00 PM

    I never imagined a dark room could be so compulsive to write and read about, how wrong can i be, just amazing - James

  1. Date: 5/11/2009 1:46:00 PM

    You have mail

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 11:35:00 AM

    I agree with everyone....you're always brilliant and getting better. How is it possible to get better than this? :) The last stanzas are so introspective and cutting. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 6:24:00 AM

    soupmail delivery

  1. Date: 5/8/2009 12:33:00 PM

    and into this wide open soul, we fall. This speaks so deeply to me I can't even tell you. I am sure I don't have to. Brilliant my friend, and yes, i say we could chat for hours, until the cows come home lit. lol Love you and i feel you too,K. Love me

  1. Date: 5/8/2009 10:05:00 AM

    Ouch and wow. You sure let it out big time. I must agree with all commenters, this is superb, brilliant and any other adjective I actually cannot think of. A unique twist, that's for sure, on a familiar, infuriating, frustrating bulk of emotion. Oops, I just remembered I need to vote. Going now. Love, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 5/8/2009 7:30:00 AM

    Ho Kristin... outstanding poetry as always !

  1. Date: 5/8/2009 12:44:00 AM

    Excellent poetry Kristin.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 5/7/2009 5:06:00 PM

    Kristin, my girl..my warrior from another mother...first of all let me tell you how much the comments stood strong in my heart..two beats of the chest and peace...you are a winner my sista.. a real winner...this poem rock!..you have my mind thinking all sort of crazy thoughts with this piece.....the last bit from..O’ how you hate that photo!...to the end really hits me hard.. this is powerful..really... and you are a genius.....much respect. .

  1. Date: 5/7/2009 4:57:00 PM

    What a clever use of a photography darkroom to create the man with 10,000 faces, Kristin! This is absolutely awesome! If someone cannot find contentment in seeing your smile, that person surely does not deserve your love. This one goes to my faves. Outstanding write! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/7/2009 4:55:00 PM

    Wow. This is amazing. Amazing! I had to spend some time with this poem, Kristin. At times, it seems like you want to hide something, like you are telling a part of the story. Not abstract, but elusive. However, your feelings are very explicit. In hard times, "pick your battles" and count to ten. Best wishes. <3 Ruben