A Rude Guest

(Excerpts from “Poetry Meets Photography” Exhibit featuring John Leslie Lange,  the author of “Hafiz and I,” a collection of poems inspired by the writings of the Sufi masters, Hafiz and Rumi and Julie Kruger,  a professional photographer and artist who specializes in dreamy landscapes populated by the emotions of love and longing. This presentation is a collaboration of their work in the form of a conversation between John’s poetry and Julie’s images).

 ~~A Rude Guest~~


Is a rude guest

She never asks permission

To knock

Upon your door

She just shows up


At awkward moments


And if you do not

Make her welcome

She will linger



The furniture


On the walls

Stealing all your wine

Until finally

When she has driven you mad

You say, “I see you.”

And she settles down


– John Leslie Lange

(From the project “A Conversation: Poetry Meets Photography”)