Photo Recall

Written for:  NaPoWriMo – Day 2
Write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait, e.g. a stanza for each member.

Here we stand
arms ’round each other,
mother, father, two sisters.
So many years ago, and yet
I remember that white dress,
and still wear that turquoise
pendant.

Dad smiles; he enjoyed having
his picture taken. His love
of music, reading, and movies
was shared equally by Mom.
Silver-haired at a young age,
Dad was kind, generous, wise,
and witty. He could tease
you to tears, but could
dry them as well.

Next to Dad is my sister
Her hair is dark, curly, unlike now.
What does she think of this
picture? I must ask her.
In her second career, my sister is
a Laboratory Technologist. Unlike
me, she loved school, studied hard,
and did well. Our taste in music
is similar, though six years part us.
She is smart, has the same
sense of humor as Mom and me.
She gave me a niece and nephew.
We are both worriers.

Next to her stands Mom. We lost
her this past September. This photo
is the way I want to remember her,
dementia still far away. Her smile
is not as wide as Dad’s. She was
more reticent, but loved singing
along with music at home. We hated it.
She was able to imitate voices,
and as a great cook, gave us
a wide variety of choices for dinner.
My sister and I inherited that
love from her.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Photo Recall

  1. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for this look at your family. So sorry about your mother.

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  2. mzach456@comcast.net says:

    a lovely tribute to all concerned.

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