Prose for Thought – What’s Behind the Photograph?

Welcome to this week’s Prose for Thought. I have an apology to make. Earlier in the week I was going through finding poetry for the BritMums Poetry and Prose Round-up when I realised that I had hardly commented on anyone’s beautiful writing over the month of June.

Today I intend to make amends to that. I will be sitting on a film set once again where sometimes there is rather a lot of waiting around to do so I will be making use of the rather sporadic wifi and catching up on some reading and commenting and I shall continue over the next few weeks until I have caught up.

Inspiration hasn’t really struck me this week on the poetry writing front so I though I would share a poem I wrote in April last year for NaPoWriMo. 

Photographs are what provide us with so many memories and we are lucky these days that social media means that we can connect with who belongs to which photo. My Mum has a collection of old photographs belonging to my Grandad and my worry is that, as time passes, people in these photos will become just faces and not people. My poem reflects this.

What’s Behind The Photograph?

What’s behind the photograph?
The one I’m holding here
In days that have already gone
The dreams of yesteryear

What’s behind the photograph?
This one that I find
These people all had lives
Another place, another time

What’s behind the photograph?
The people I’ve not seen
Did they have a happy life?
Be all they could have been

What’s behind the photograph?
Will there come a day
In the future when I’m gone
Is that what they will say?

Victoria Welton 21st April 2014

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6 Comments

  1. Christine
    June 10, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! I haven’t been reading/writing much lately either but am so glad I just came upon your beautiful poem. So much sentiment packed in there. Lovely. x
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  2. July 3, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    Fantastic poem. I love photographs and they tell such a great story. I always wonder what my kids will think looking back to all our family adventures or what their children will think of photographs of us all when we are long gone. Beautifully written as always. Thanks for hosting.
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  3. July 3, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Deep questions this week V. I love this one. Nice rhythm to it too 🙂 Good to be back this week.

  4. July 3, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Thanks for hosting again! I love photos, but the more I see of the me of yesteryear, the more I realise how much potential I had, and how little I realised it!
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  5. July 3, 2014 / 7:41 am

    Love this poem. It’s definitely something you think about. The story. The lives all get forgotten but the people remain in the photo. Really like this x
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