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The Write Photo with a Cuppa

Do you ever sit over a cup of coffee and go through photographs. I do it all the time when I blog.

This week I’m inspired to combine K.L. Caley’s WritePhoto Challenge using the poetry forms I learned from Tanka Tuesday’s Colleen Chesebro to meet Natalie the Explorer’s for this Weekend Coffee Share.

I think Natalie might enjoy this exploratory trip down an abandoned alley. The picture is far from Prescott, AZ, where the weather has been snowy, cold, and blistery even though temperatures in the 40s and 50s sound mild compared to the extremes in the Midwest and North.

For visually challenged writers
the image shows a cobbled alleyway with green doors located along it.
Mother and I found
abandoned buildings at dusk
a safe place to sleep.

A quiet alley
rutted cobblestones hold pain
of difficult times

sad pillars of stones
mark past clandestine meetings
behind mossy doors

Suffering souls sleep
alone on splintered floor boards
faint rhymic breathing

the drenching rain stopped
sometime after I dozed off
warm in mum's embrace

©Marsha Ingrao 2023

This Haiga, or observational poetry according to Colleen Chesebro, was inspired not only by the photo of the abandoned alley but by two quotes from which I borrowed a few phrases and words.

The irony for me was that the young person describing the scene felt serene, secure, and warm in a place that most people would avoid or find scary. I get the feeling that he even felt grateful for a place out of the rain and he felt sorry for the poor souls that were less fortunate than he, who were sleeping there as well.

Detroit is a city that really stands out.

It’s been through a very difficult time. There’s been a lot of pain here, and the city, physically, has suffered. You can see it in certain neighborhoods, and there’s buildings downtown that have been abandoned.

-Michael Imperioli

My mother and I took over abandoned buildings to sleep in.

Mark Webber

No Photos Yet in 2023

This week my camera was silent so I don’t have any compelling photos to share. Even though I went shopping with friends yesterday, I spent time trying on clothes for an upcoming trip instead of taking pictures like I usually do.


This week I had fun blogging. I love to curate still, so I worked on getting my new page ready for WQ, Wednesday Quotes for the year. I cleaned up my categories a little, read lots of blogs, and wrote three challenge posts and a couple of poems.

Next Thursday, January 12th, I am excited to host at least two blogger friends and their guests to Prescott for a special meetup starting at 10:00 am. We will be touring Sharlot Hall, then going to lunch, and looking around Prescott for photo opportunities.

“Sharlot Hall Museum is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943), who became well-known as a poet, activist, politician, and Arizona’s first female Territorial Historian. She was one of the West’s most remarkable women; as early as 1907, Ms. Hall saw the need to save Arizona’s history and planned to develop a museum. She began to collect both Native American Indian and pioneer material. In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor’s residence and offices and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents opening it as the “Gubernatorial Mansion Museum” in 1928. After her death in 1943, the museum was named in her honor.”

Sharlot Hall Museum Website
Sharlot Hall Museum, An Arizona History Adventure

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  1. This is such a wonderful entry to #writephoto Marsha. The poem has a beautiful combination of sadness but with light and hope penetrating it. That museum looks like lots of fun. Thank you so much for joining in with the #writephoto challenge and for sharing this fun post with us. KL ❤

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  2. I really enjoyed your photo and poem Marsha. I hadn’t thought about describing my photos in more detail. Hmmm…I suppose that would be helpful. I almost fell out of my chair when you said no photos. What?! Haha! Just kidding, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Oh fun, a meet up!!! That museum sounds interesting.

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    • I think that was one way I mourned Nutter Butter – no energy or enthusiasm to take new pictures. But I was also busy! That changes today. Janet arrives this afternoon.


  3. Ooo yes! It is so easy to “get lost” while looking at photos. I spend a lot of time looking at photos, sometimes I even go through old photos in my head, weird as that may sound. The photo from Prescott is intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. I’m almost drinking tea so that works for me. Looking forward to Wednesday and whatever we find. Might need something warm at some point if it stays cold, which it looks to do. I like the alley shot.

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  5. Marsha, I would be curious to explore that abandoned alley and ask you to come with me 🙂 I look forward to your update after the bloggers’ meet-up next week. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem and photo with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  6. What a beautiful heartfelt poem Marsha!❣️

    “the drenching rain stopped
    sometime after I dozed off
    warm in mum’s embrace”

    So happy you are having so much fun curating all your photos.
    when you’re done, I have plenty here for you to do 🤣

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    • I copied it from KL’s post and it posted in a format that I guess WP didn’t recognize. It will be the same for all the Write Photo posts this week, so you’ll probably see it. I’ve fixed it now, so I appreciate you telling me.

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  7. Wow, Marsha thank you so much for mention. For whatever reason, I don’t see the image, or I’ve not looked at the right place. Your senryu poems are stunning and filled with poignant emotions. I love your new blog. Did you switch to the business plan? How is that going? Huge hugs to you, my friend. ❤️

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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