Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Write it down

I know WHO they are,
My Aunts,
Their faces, younger, happier 
Seemingly carefree.
My Grandmother,
Looking like the cat 
Who swallowed the canary!

But I so wish I knew
What they were dressed for,
Where they were going,
When this photo was taken,
Why they are so happy!
I've been looking closely
at this for a while,
Recursively considering
 the year, the occasion, the possibilities.

Was this before they left the farm?
Was this a visit back to the country?
Was this a graduation, wedding, 
Was this for Easter Sunday?

I've looked recursively.
I've looked closely.
I've wondered;
but, I do not know.

Future generations will have to search
Photos mixed among clouds.
They too will see faces 
that look vaguely familiar
They too will know only one side
of the story
unless we write it down.  

1 comment:

Ramona said...

I love this picture, makes me want to head for the computer and start telling the stories of some of my favorite pictures. But wait, I need to scan those pictures first. Then I'll be able to access them on the computer. Sigh! So much to do, so little time!