The grainy monochromatic photograph

A fading red heart on a

Dusty cover page of an

Album bound with memories of

People holding hands, and of

Eyes perhaps happier than

Those staring at them, because

Sepia tones and tattered corners,

Black and white and worn out borders,

have eyes that smiled at each other, not

Those that smiled at cameras, for

Pictures cannot just wait to say,

How fast that ‘one day ‘ can drift away.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great and wonderful thought.


  2. beetleypete says:

    So evocative of the emotions stirred by looking at an old photograph. Well done!
    many thanks for following my blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.
    (Just a thought. I would suggest that you remove your (very young) age from the profile. There are some strange people online)

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Pete! I appreciate your suggestion.

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  3. Jaya Avendel says:

    How beautifully you capture many of the fleeting thoughts in a picture!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you Jaya

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  4. Really like this, image and poem go so well together 👍

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you Derek!


  5. Very much like a monochromatic photo, your poem is rich with the intricacies of a bygone era. Once upon a time everything was much less complicated- black and white if you will. Your penning is magnificent!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow this is a wonderful thing to say. I’m so glad you like the piece. Thank you so very much. And yes the things were much less complicated as you said, and it’s a shame we see them as monochromes and sepias. Thank you once again. You seem to have made me so happy.

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      1. It is indeed an honorable pleasure, Shanyu! Less complicated as we see it… For those living back in the day, perhaps not. A great pleasure…

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Maybe, yes. It’s interesting how much a picture can conceal and how much a smile can too.

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      3. One never knows what’s beneath the surface…

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