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 start, How fast it all can fall apart.

© Shanyu Bihani 2021

69 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great and wonderful thought.

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  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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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you!

      Like

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

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you Derek!

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  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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  6. Hi Shanyu! This is really beautifully written, I love the way you articulate your thoughts :))

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi. Thank you so very much. This really means so much. Literally.

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      1. You’re very welcome Shanyu, anytime! :))

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  7. Oh… it’s a wonderful poem 🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you. Thank you with all my heart.

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      1. 🙂 oh… you’re welcome 🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much man!

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  8. Gamma Hans says:

    As an answer:
    A fading face
    no, the youth
    my beloved
    your picture
    your shape
    without me calling you
    for years
    are you coming
    unexpected in mine
    Consciousness back

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  9. Navin says:

    Well written my friend

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much mate! Have a fantastic day.

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      1. Navin says:

        You’re welcome….you too have a wonderful day….

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  10. macalder02 says:

    The images of the past bring us a lot of nostalgia and your poem recreates those emotions when looking at the photo. Have an excellent week.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Don’t they? Just a flood of emotions. Thank you so much for stopping by. I just hope I could put into words that sea of nostalgia. Have a fantastic day.

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      1. macalder02 says:

        The same for you.

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  11. charef says:

    J’aime votre capacité à faire revivre des souvenirs et susciter les émotions à travers vos mots.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Je suis vraiment désolé de ne répondre que maintenant. merci beaucoup mon pote. tu as vraiment égayé ma journée. passez une semaine fantastique et fantastique.

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  12. Very beautifully evoked 🌹❤

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much mate!

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      1. You’re very welcome indeed

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  13. such a wonderful poem Shanyu evoking memories and sepia pic is awesome!!! ❤️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much C! I’m so glad to see you here. Absolutely grateful.

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      1. You are so welcome S!!!
        It was my pleasure!! ❤️

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  14. Deepali Shekde says:

    It’s a wonderful picture and amazingly evoked. Again a masterpiece from a talented young man.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I am so glad you like it.

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  15. That’s so beautiful. You give life to the eyes in the pictures. WOW.
    What a talented young poet.
    Bravo.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dearest friends. It really is a wonderful thing to hear. Thank you.
      Have a fantastic day.

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      1. My pleasure Shanyu. I am in love with your writings.
        Sending big hugs.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        That is really great to hear. I am in love with yours too.
        Sending cotton candy grapes.

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      3. Aw… thank you. I can’t wait to get them.
        xoxo

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      4. Shanyu says:

        They are on the table already. Mr Churchill is devouring them.

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      5. Haha! He seems asleep to me. I think he already ate everything.
        xoxo

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      6. Shanyu says:

        Aww. Sending some more. I hope Maya doesn’t do the same, becuase I don’t have anymore left.

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  16. Very thought-provoking. The images are still arranging themselves in my mind.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much mate! I am so glad you like it. I am very appreciative of your words. Have a fantastic day.

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  17. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    LUV IT—PICTURE AND POEM! “ALL ABOARD-!”

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi! Thanks mate!

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      1. YER WELCOME, MATE. 😀

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  18. I love old photographs. Someone in the future will look at ours in the same way someday. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for stopping and reading my post as well. I pray that both God and my humble posts bless you in some way. I would love if you would follow me as I will continue to follow you. Blessings, VICTORIA

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    1. Shanyu says:

      They are absolutely beautiful. They bring this amazing nostalgia and are so deep with emotions. I absolutely agree with you when you say that our photos will be looked at the in same way.
      My absolute pleasure. I enjoyed reading your posts and found them to be very optimistic. Have a fantastic day and keep writing!

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      1. I look forward to your next post. Thank you. I will continue writing for as long as God calls me to do so. I pray they are a blessing.

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  19. JoAnn says:

    Lovely… you’re pretty awesome at this writing thing 🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much! You are pretty awesome at this comment thing yourself

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      1. JoAnn says:

        Ha ha, good reply 😉

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Glad to know you liked it!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Im so glad you do. Thank you so much.

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      1. kevin cooper says:

        You’re welcome.

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  20. Beautifully expressed, Sanyu! Your lovely poem shows extraordinary sensitivity toward the people who posed for those long-ago photos! >3 Have a great day!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow! Thank you so very much Cheryl. It means so much. Its wonderful how a single monochrome can stir in so much of nostalgia.

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