Precious Photos

Written for:  Poetic Asides Prompt #480 – Write a negative poem.

Black and white photo–
my favorite kind–taken
long ago, when many more
of our family surrounded
us, enfolded us. Does
anyone have the negative
for this photo? Crisp,
perfect images, eight by

Search begins and negative
is discovered. My cousin
has the photos made up
for me, having been
the photographer.  Now,
each time I enter

my bedroom, two people
gone for years, come alive
on my dresser top–my grandparents.

The only negative would have been
if any of us had inherited
Grandpa’s ears, like teacups
on the sides of his head.

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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