Wake-up Call

a haiku

Father time is blue,

The world is in a sad state,

God help them,” he cries.

Before I go any further, just let me say that I’m not trying to be a downer. Especially with Christmas around the corner. The world has issues right now, I’m not going to lie (or live in denial), but the fact remains that humans are strong, intelligent, creative, and resilient. We got this! Another year is coming and it is time for us to kick ass recover.

Anyway, Ronovan started it (kidding)— I created this post for the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge: Blue & World. I was thinking about long beards and sunglasses, like the good old Blues Brothers, but while I was working on some ideas for the blog I came upon an old man—another image that I wanted to redo. It was basically my first attempt at street photography.

Ironically, I shared the photograph five years ago to this day. I’m using the old post to re-share my new version, so it’s a complete overhaul of sorts. That being said, please excuse the old comments from 2016. Hey, comments never grow old!

I converted the original to black and white with Silver Efex in Nik Collection using an effect that really darkened out the background and lit up the man’s hair and beard. In the spirit of my Haiku, I put the whole world in his hands. Finally, I added a little oil paint effect. I don’t know about you but I think he was made for my Haiku.

That’s about all for now. Thanks for reading. I hope you found something interesting or entertaining here!


1: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
2: the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.



  1. Janet, this is an absolutely amazing phototograph due to not only the quality, but the many emotions one can imagine while viewing. As you know, I have a heart for street people. In one of my books I wrote about an encounter my daughter and I had with a street person, on a cold night. It was Thanksgiving weekend!

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    1. Hi Rick! Thank you. I have a heart for them as well. I actually have talked to this man a couple times, once at the Lord’s Kitchen at my church. With all the reading I do, I think I better get your book and check it out. Hope you are doing well and enjoy your Sunday!


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