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In the cracks

June 25, 2017

Sometimes, something beautiful happens when words meet image. My father, Norman Hanna, took this “thousand-story” photograph on a holiday in Croatia and when we matched it to a poem I wrote a number of years ago, that special something just clicked. For whatever reason, this simple duo of picture and poetry has really moved people. In fact, the unforeseen impact it had, sparked an idea for a father-daughter, photographer-poet project… Here’s a sneak peek into what we’ve got in store. In the meantime, to see more captivating images from a father and photographer extraordinaire, visit www.hannaphotography.co.za

In the cracks

How to see through the cracks in a slum wall…
How to hear the beauty in the humble notes of an untrained voice…
How to feel the whisper of someone else’s heart behind their words and their eyes…

How to understand
The chaotic design of a mosaic of flitting joys
Snatches of conversation
Moments of love
Almost-moments that were still-born…

How to know in the desperate fight to revive a dream…
In the strife of making it to the end of another clock-watching day…
In the bits of courage pasted together in an attempt to take

another

step…

That eternity lives here –
In the cracks, in the mistakes –
Life is born
And that life is more than what we:

See
Feel
Hear
Taste
Understand
Dream
Lose
Win
Fight for
Fight against
Imagine
Wish
Plan
Know