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The Hidden 

In an old cigar box I have old black & white photos, 
nearing Christmas I sometimes take them out- one
can say I give them an airing and let them see my 
decorated tree; mind it is artificial, but I do not think 
they notice.  Most of the photos depict festive times
summer by the sea, Easter skiing in the mountain and 
christmas dinner.  Now as I´m older than any of them
they look so young. But there is one missing…me…
I was always somewhere else; in the Caribbean or on
the Pacific Ocean on the way to Japan, scrap iron in hull
of an old cargo ship, it makes me sweetly melancholic. 
Because I know behind smiles there was despair, and
when booze were drunk old feuds would surface and 
there would be ill tempered arguments often ending 
in fist fight; I see my mother wears a worried smile  
I loved them all, put the photos back in the cigar box 
till next end of year… perhaps? 

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  1. Date: 12/16/2012 11:17:00 AM
    I too have shoeboxes full of old black and whites. Mainly of my older brothers and parents. After I came along the pictures are fewer. I love to look at my beautiful mother and dad and wonder what they were like before me. They look so happy and young. I wonder when it all changed.

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    Date: 12/16/2012 1:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes my dear it is difficult to look back