On the edge of a train station..., originally uploaded by Rongzoni.
Rongzoni / Helen Ojha posted this piece to Flickr, January 20, 2008 (see original post at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rongzoni/2206702564/), accompanied by her following lines (copyright: Helen Ojha):
"A wall marks a life
A life marks a wall
For a moment
One defines the other
How do they both
This moving combination of word and image moved me to pause, ponder, and write as follows:
Your image captures the eye;
Your words lead us further.
The last two lines cut deep,
We see ourselves, a voyeur,
But also an accomplice.
This piece, like the street photographs of our shared "friend," Ahmad Kavousian, stir me to a point of discomfort with my life of suburban ease.
When buying our groceries, yesterday, seeing the goods, and the bill mount up, I told the cashier how grateful I was for my job. She replied, "yes, it is never something that any of us should take for granted."
This image and accompanying words from Helen Ojha fall heavy on my calloused conscience, coming the morning after. This man could be any one of us, if sometime, something in us, or about us, became just enough unhinged, that we could not function properly any more. What to do?