Lost Photograph

A.H. Browning

I chanced a photograph of you, your past lives together

With radiant smiles of such hope, I truly cannot conceive
A dazzling moment of existence, expectations and dreams
Made other memories diminished, at best incomplete

What was this occasion that I’ve never known
Your beginnings together before I was born
From a look and a smile, to promised vows, then a kiss
I’m not sure I knew that your love was like this

You engendered my birth, that tempestuous beginning
Light, sounds and breath, both of life and of death
Death of my anticipated, cocooned creation
A resplendent, frail daybreak in such foreign, new lands

Newborn in such a vast, boundless inception
I smile, I laugh, I look, I touch
Curious eyes reach for the alluring, the wonderful
We share life together, through each unexplored day

In overwhelming beginnings, I reach out and take in
The grandeur and vastness of so many awakenings
Spring of life, so many mysteries enchant and enthrall
The sun rises, shining steady, on fates yet unknown

Though darkness waits cunningly, we hold on to our light
And both truths in time shall counsel us, sternly
Pulling us here and there, bright chance and tense fate
Both casting long shadows round the roots of our lives

And now in my bones, in my heart and my blood

I hold on to each glimmer to remember your love
That innocently, yet wishfully gave me glad chance
To waltz this oft curious and perpetual dance

Do you understand what my soul has beheld
Or was your dream painted in such differing colors
Sunrises, sunsets and all moments between
Your faces and others who have journeyed with me

Days led to weeks and then months led to years
Through elation and sorrows, bright hopes and shed tears
Seasons became memories and then graciously gave way
To this photograph of hope that I found here today

I wish
I could have
Known you both

  • Author: A.H. Browning (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 20th, 2021 09:58
  • Comment from author about the poem: To my mom and dad. (Edited on September 25, 2021)
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 86
  • User favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet.
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  • orchidee

    Good write.

    • A.H. Browning

      Both parents have passed, dad to disease including Parkinson’s and my mom to cancer. This was a challenging write. I honestly found this picture ONLY by chance. This was a few years before I was born.

    • Accidental Poet

      Very emotional write AH. I can relate to your story. Hopefully you got to grow up with both your parents.

      • A.H. Browning

        I appreciate you reading and commenting, very much. I grew up with both parents. Like many people, my parents had some formidable struggles in life and burdens to live through. I am truly thankful I happened to find this picture, purely by accident. I can’t stop looking at it. They look very happy together. The date on the photo is September 1960.

        • Accidental Poet

          So happy you got to grow up with your parents near you. They do look very happy in the picture. I bet they were thinking of the baby they would have together. 😉

        • L. B. Mek

          a wonderfully sincere dedication, thanks for sharing

          • A.H. Browning

            I appreciate your comment. Thanks.

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