A captivating view of colors and light;
A wink of his eye, a quiver of his lips.
A tear from her eyes, their warm embrace.
A beauty painted by life, viewed under lenses
– captured by the shutter.
Kept in a dark-infested room,
Until such magnificence is caught on paper.

I grab ahold of it,
Stared at it.
Suddenly, mesmerized as I
– the lady whose tear fell –
remembered the feeling…
I held it close to my heart,
kept it.

One.
Five.
Ten.
Twenty.
Times I changed my calendar.

My hair is graying now,
my skin wrinkling.
I pull an old book of poems,
and a photograph fell from it.
I am taken aback as I marvel at the familiar place,
and the man with a younger version of myself.
A man I still remember,
but the feelings seems strange now.

Memories linger,
like the love we once felt.
But like photographs,
love fades…

In time.

Β© CMN

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Comments
  1. Jingle says:

    lovely flow..

    it may read like new to you if you read the week 36 list, we have have about 150 poems in the list now, enjoy a dozen and have fun!
    πŸ™‚

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  2. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous poem! Beautiful flow and visually appealing.

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  3. azfree says:

    Love this. It’s amazing how one simple photo can evoke so many memories and feelings in an instant. All my photos are digital now, but I want to go right now and print out every single one!

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    • chaspalette says:

      I do have a set of digital photos I wanna have printed out too. Sometimes, we feel that photographs are necessary to remind us of someone, or something… But as years pass, it is surprising that we no longer feel the same about it.

      Thank you for your kind words and I appreciate the visit. πŸ™‚ Happy Rally.

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  4. Remarkably written…the feelings conveyed took me back to a familiar place. I enjoyed the reading and thank you for sharing.

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  5. This leaves me feeling a little depressed but is very beautifully written. I can accept that photos fade, but love… well, I want to believe it lasts forever. Thanks for sharing!

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    • chaspalette says:

      Thanks Rhyme… I always believed that only love can last forever. But something happened to me that made me see otherwise. I am glad you liked it.

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  6. Desiree says:

    Gorgeous poem. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

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  7. danroberson says:

    Love fades…..until those moments surface again, an old photo, the sound of laughter, the smell of rain, the taste of strawberries, and the list goes on. Thanks for reminding me of another puzzle piece.

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    • chaspalette says:

      Well, I would agree on this. I had a love I thought was lost to me forever, a love I thought faded along with the promises, but seeing those smiles after 6 long painful years, I realized that the love was never gone, it was just suppressed from within.

      I am glad that people go through the same ordeal as I am, it reminds me that I am normal. πŸ˜€

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  8. this gave me chills. i relate to this more than you know. beautiful penning with such warm yet sad sentiments. lovely.

    http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/on-a-bed-of-winter/

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  9. such beautiful words, such a melancholic subject.
    The Lonely Recluse.

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  10. Kim Nelson says:

    I quite like the threads that weave through work and life and love here.
    Here’s my contribution this week:
    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/01/12/poetry-me/

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  11. Linda says:

    How easily old memories flow back with a simple reminder of time past. Very nice.

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  12. yelena m. says:

    Wow, this poem is so wonderfully written and very evocative. A pleasure to read and recite. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  13. To me this speaks to loves past and how times change. I enjoyed reading!

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    • chaspalette says:

      Thank you. It is dedicated to someone I love with all of me, in full hopes that as time fades, my feelings would eventually do the same, until I can no longer feel anymore.

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  14. ashbeezone says:

    Nice 1 ..
    Take a look on my work
    A Poetry for the Nation ..
    http://ashbeezone.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/blood-and-sweat-form-patriotism/

    !! Happy rally !!

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  15. Wow,
    “Like photographs, love fades with time”
    Well said

    Happy Rally
    http://mysticmarleei.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/dependent/

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  16. Rajlakshmi says:

    photographs can bring such rush of rmotions and memories…
    beautiful write.

    http://thepoetrywagon.blogspot.com/2011/01/rispettosmiles-abound.html

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  17. debi says:

    Your words took me back to my old pictures.
    Thank you, this is beautiful.

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  18. iBeingMe says:

    Liked it πŸ™‚

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  19. Lu Ann says:

    Wow! I loved this poem-story.
    To be honest it is the best IΒ΄ve read tonight… how come memories hurt even more than the act itself when it happened?
    Thanks for sharing, hope youΒ΄ll win.

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  20. rmpWritings says:

    I always equated love to a flower; “…(it) will slowly wilt and die, but one that will blosom with the right nourishment.” I think we choose what love we will let fade (or hope will fade) and what love we will cling to and continually enter the dark room to redevelop over and over again at the slightest sign of discolorment.

    Very moving piece. Made me a little sad, but loved the picture the last few lines painted.

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  21. sad one 😦 true love neither fades nor dies though
    Thanks for this write πŸ™‚
    http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/

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  22. It’s a lovely poem. I’m not sure that love fades with time, but that may be only my experience. I can certainly relate to the desire.

    Hope you enjoyed Rally and your visits and visitors.

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  23. Jingle says:

    How are you?

    Please keep in mind to:

    #1: return favor to poets who visited you
    #2: complete 18 comments to your peers…or fresh poets to explore..

    Thanks for the lovely contribution, it is fun when everyone gets the job done…
    Happy Tuesday!

    xxx

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    • chaspalette says:

      Thanks for reminding me, Ji. Would be rummaging through the posts as soon as I can. 😦
      Some things caught me pretty occupied lately. But of course, nothing can stop me. πŸ˜€

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