Moving Memories

I slide her faded photo
along my dresser top,
golden framed, sepia
in age, backed with
secretive velvet, to
dust away a ghost
of its outline on wood,
another story behind her
gaze suggested in the
glass’s tilt, whispering
from a grainy past.

#NaPoWriMo #6

I’m writing a poem every day in April as part of NaPoWriMo’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Won’t you join me in poetry?


6 thoughts on “Moving Memories

  1. I love the subtleness in the wording: ghost, grainy, faded, secretive, whispering, dust. Even “tilt” has an implication; I can feel the eyes in the photo looking past me. I know about such photos (even more do I know about the dust).

    A thoughtful beginning to the day. Thank you!


    1. Oh, let me tell you about dust, Maureen! I can’t imagine your house anything but spotless, or any kind of particles that would dare rest on your surfaces. I was thinking about your lovely wall of photos as I was pondering what the old pictures would say to us. Hope you’re having a good Monday.

  2. I also have a golden-framed, faded sepia photo backed with secretive velvet, and I love how you’ve described it and the attendant thoughts so well. I think one of the things I like so much about your poetry is that it’s very relatable and personal. Like Sirena, I’m a big fan of “secretive velvet”; it definitely works!

    1. Now I’m really glad that I paired “secretive” and “velvet” as a team. I’m very happy that you find my scribblings relatable and personal. It’s what I strive to achieve every day from the nonsense in my head. I read many stunning poems out there where I haven’t a clue what they are talking about. They are beautiful in their own way, but I hope to connect somehow with the reader. And sometimes the accompanying photo helps, but I suppose that may be cheating. Anyway, thanks so much Bonny!

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