Coughing Camels

Photo by and copywrite Fee Easton.

It began with little Indians

rolling crude

puffing psychoactive spirituality

in lieu of peace signs in the sand.

Pet plants petted

coughing Camels patronizingly,

coaxing out life

one voice at a time.

Every breath breathes history

says the shaded mammal;

it sucks it up in fossilized harmony

and spits it out, in yellow –

it’s just shades of grey anyway

where humanity soars

out on a lung.

* My submission to this week’s edition of the One Shoot Sunday Photo Prompt, with that emotionally charged picture provided by one Fee Easton. I’ll be honest, this one’s still a work in progress; not entirely satisfied with how it turned out, but for the moment, it will do for this week’s prompt. As for Fee, well, she’s a fantastic photographer – be sure to have a look at my interview with her when you get a chance. You won’t come away disappointed…and while you’re there, check out all the other poets inspired by the prompt!


12 thoughts on “Coughing Camels

  1. i love that you start this with the little indians – quite a stroll through history
    love it up in fossilized harmony
    and spits it out, in yellow..

  2. Every Indian smoked a pipe and every cowboy rolled their own or chewed the tabacco, i’n the 40’s it was good for your health lol now? Yes a grey shadow on the resources of our hospitals

  3. Well played ending “out on a lung”! The c-alliteration that occurs around coughing and the b-alliteration on breathing adds an excellent technical layer to this piece.

  4. I like the blend of narrative tale and imagery, and the last line is just perfect. An excellent interview also–lots of striking photos any one of which would have been a good prompt.

  5. I love the historical context here. For it’s very recently that smoking has become a vice. Not too long ago it was a virtue.
    Thank you for sharing this and thank you for introducing us to Fee’s excellent photography.
    Kind regards, James.

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