Saturday, May 9, 2015

Backswept



“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment 
that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”  ― Karl Lagerfeld


Backswept

Sepia memories intermingle
with Kodachrome moments,
souvenirs, snapshots of faces,
spaces and times gone by.
People and places
pulled out of the past;
revisited, recalled
in all their guises,
at group gatherings or
in solitary reminiscence.

Familiar ferrotypes, candid captures,
airbrushed blowups – tokens
of the graceful and clumsy,
adored and disgraced,
the chosen and those
fallen from favor, both
remembered and forgotten,
strangers and loved ones
held and lost along the way.

 Mementos stored,
hoarded in boxes, albums,
tucked into cupboards
and crates and cranium,
wrinkled and torn in places,
faded, delicate, thin-skinned;
but all the more cherished
for being bittersweet.
  
PSC/2015








The above poem was written in response to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides APRIL PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge for Day 27 (a looking back poem):  2015-april-pad-challenge-day-27

Today, it is dedicated to mothers everywhere.

Happy Mothers' Day!

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