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In the shadow of the Cenotaph | by Steve Punter
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In the shadow of the Cenotaph

The policeman asks if the photographer would take his picture

 

The photographer says no problem

 

In front of the Cenotaph, says the policeman

 

'I'm Steve', says the photographer. 'My name is Will', replies the policeman

 

The photographer thinks the policeman wants his 'I was here' shot. Maybe for his mum, his girlfriend or for his partner or pals

 

It is Tuesday

 

The policeman is helping to 'open' Parliament. The photographer has been here, close to this spot, on Sunday. Remembrance Sunday. So the photographer puts the policeman with the Cenotaph in the 'past'

 

The photographer thinks the policeman wants to be a tourist

 

Maybe

 

Perhaps

 

The photographer wants to be a poet

 

So the photographer places 'the other people' who couldn't be here, faded in the background

 

The policeman gets his photo

 

He may approve

 

The photographer thinks policemen can be poets too

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Taken on November 15, 2006