Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Girl, A Harp & A Photo Contest

Once upon a time, there was a girl with a harp who forgot to get dressed, and a guy with a camera who was nice enough to bring the naked harp-playing girl a cup of coffee, which he rather carelessly set down on top of a dictionary, but then he took a really nice picture so the girl forgave him, and when a group of vigilante lexicographers stormed the camera guy's home in a not quite so forgiving state of mind, the girl took it upon herself to get dressed and repel the intruders by means of eggs and empty shampoo bottles and penguin-themed haiku hurled at high speed and volume, and when the lexicographers had retreated and the eggs and shampoo bottles had been cleared away and they had almost managed to forget they ever heard the words

"ersatz tuxedo
your informal bent belies;
swim and mock no more!"

they lived happily ever after.


True story. Now please go vote for this photo HERE.

(No registration necessary, and you can vote for five photos total. And as always, your support is appreciated tremendously.)

UPDATE: Thanks to all of you wonderful people voting and helping to spread the word about the contest, look what we got. Well, we didn't actually get a ribbon, we got a CD from the woman who sponsored the contest. This CD from this woman, to be precise. So thank you all very very very much.


  1. I believe everything except the penguin haiku...unless you keep them memorized for special occasions because, frankly, I don't see anywhere in that photo for you to stash a book of Japanese poetry.

  2. Funny you should mention that because, on the same shelf as 'Where the Wild Things Are', not visible in this version but clear in the full size un-cropped original is a copy of 'The Erotic Spirit', a book of poetry of which quite a large section is poems that have been translated from Japanese.

    My personal favorite:

    Early morning glows
    in the faint glimmer
    of first light.
    Choked with sadness,
    I help you into your clothes.

  3. had I seen this earlier I would have voted.

    Congrats on getting 2nd place.