To celebrate April as National Poetry Writing Month, or #NaPoWriMo, photographer and writer Philip Anderson Edsel headed out to the hill country of Austin, Texas with model Maddie Teeuws to shoot some poetry-inspired images.
Are You Free?
What does it mean to be alive, to be adventurous, to be free?
What commands us and whose stories are we telling, if not our own?
For we are one with the Wild Wind,
where wild hearts tell stories in the passing of quiet moments
and the heat resonates within our tender bones.
And when the seasons change, lush and wild
at the hope of something new, what moves us?
What stirs within and calls us forth
from desert plains to span the height and breadth of mountains?
What is it within us that yells,
Be still, Oh Earth and Sun Eternal!
Does the choir of highway cars heading West on the Interstate
keep you up at night, dreaming, dreaming, dreaming?
Does the sea, brash and thunderous, sing your name?
Does the light at the end of day pull at you like a gossamer thread?
Are you alive, are you adventurous, are you free?
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Words, images and styling by Philip Anderson Edsel.