Friday, April 1, 2016

pink city, pink story, pink girl

"Pink" is the new photofriday theme. The first tought it brought was: pink petals. I even knew where to find them: pink rhododendron petals in the photo file from our winter island time. But as my own challenge this year consists of also finding a story or poem from the archives, the "pink" wasn't so easy.

Then a memory floated up: the story of a girl who loves shiny things in fancy colors. And this story memory - also brought a pink place memory, from a day in Vienna, with pink benches. And a girl with pink hair. Maybe it's the sister of the girl in the story, or herself, now grown up....


Sky Blue 

She loves shiny, colored things. Her glasses are pink. Her bikini is green. The gun in her hand is sky blue. She aims it at me, there, on the shallow side of the pool. There’s a wild mix of joy and thrill playing on her face.

Our eyes meet and I realize that I will be the one to remember this moment, while she will forget about it. But I don’t get splashed: she is ordered back before she can shoot. “Time for your swimming class,” her father tells her.

She lowers the blue gun. Water drips from its plastic barrel while her father inflates her beginner’s armbands.

Later, I see her in the water, struggling to coordinate her arms and legs. The blue gun is gone. The moment still floats.


And here's the second photo, with the girl with pink hair:

Some (non-pink) links:
- "Sky Blue" was first published in Metazen, which isn't online anymore, but the waybackmachine has a copy: Metazen/Sky Blue
- more moments from Vienna: Vienna Museums Quartier
- more pink moments at photofriday
- more themes / stories:  White, Tranquil, Height, Eyes...

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