Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Treasured Black and White

                                                                           Self Portrait by Francis Bacon
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag

A fulfillment of yearnings
Caught between the eyes
A gaze of wonder triggered
A feeling full of amazement
A moment in time laced with
Memories of days long gone

Unpretentious as a reindeer
Careening across the sky
Just days before
Traversing the universe
With all the festivities

Now the lull before the storm
The quiet
Before festivities started again
Recording more snapshots
Squinting behind the lens
To focus on things mundane
Undisturbed in the house
This was what he had captured
Many years ago
Of himself
In precious black and white

Tattered at the edges
There are not many of these anymore
Now treasured for posterity

Written for Tess' Mag #200 and shared with Open Link Mondays
at Real Toads


  1. Great to look back at memories but more important to look to the future.

  2. "focus on things mundane"
    And it's often wonderful, what you may find amongst them...

  3. 'Now treasured for posterity
    A well captured write ..well done.

  4. i love the softness of a black and white picture....
    i also like the lull after the holidays...a chance to breath and recover.
    back now...and will be around...smiles.

    happy new year hank...

  5. You are so correct in describing these few last days as the calm before the rather forced festivities of a new year.

  6. A chance to relax and stretch out is sure nice, many memories in such pics

  7. So many emotions are captured in a photograph.

  8. what will happen to memory and nostalgia when the young don't have tattered-edge photos to hold in their hands? happy new year, Hank ~

  9. loved the way you weaved the memories into this...

  10. Uniqueness of black and white....memories..Really good time for reunion of whole family..Happy New Year, Hank!

  11. a picture is worth a thousand words... us poets can do better than that... lovely capture

  12. Hank,

    Another nice poem..squinting behind the lens..very vivid image..

  13. it is in the quiet that the mundane becomes elevated… at least in our memories.

  14. …makes me realize I must print out many of the images I have stored on my computer! Thanks, Hank! I will make sure I do it this month.

  15. How true, those old black and whites are so precious and often tatty. Thanks for this.

  16. Happy New Year, Hank! As always, nice write!