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In Shades of Black and White

In so many shades of black and white, I find you after all these years;
leaning against that old weathered clapboard schoolhouse,
high on the hill overlooking the Fundy Bay, 
and again, I inhale the fragrance of those wild sea salt roses
and feel the ocean mist upon my face, as I look out at those 
sunbeams dancing on the tops of those rolling waves.

There you are, in your hand-me-down dress,
with socks pooling around the tops of your shoes.
There, third row to the far left, sporting a home made bowl haircut,
and a smile of utter joy. 

After all years, in so many shades of black and white,
 I find that little lost girl, and I am a kid again.

In so many shades of black white, I find the true colors that are me. 

Author:  Elaine C. George
Written:  March 26, 2015

Authors Note:
I wanted to enter this in the contest, but it was too late.

The inspiration behind this prose, comes from a snapshot 
taken 61 years ago, which somehow made its way back to me via 
a realitive and the modern miracle of facebook.


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  1. Date: 6/15/2015 4:10:00 PM

    oh Elaine, this is wonderful. You are the one I met when I first came to Soup way back in 2010, right? Loved getting a visit from you again!
  1. Date: 5/11/2015 1:22:00 AM

    A wondrful freeverse on a child with its milestones in growth n changes. In poetic shades n hues wow written in great ink wording inspired by an old snap in black n white! The imagery superb too. Thumbs up. Great to read frm u again.
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 10:19:00 AM

    Hi Elaine. I followed your name from a comment you made on SKAT's collab with PD that got me curious about your poetry. I am glad I did. Your poem has one quality that is elusive in mine but which I find fascinating in other writes. It speaks to me on a deeper level. A 7. Hugs! Kim :)
  1. Date: 4/30/2015 7:35:00 PM

    this is deep Elaine...... SKAT
  1. Date: 4/26/2015 8:31:00 PM

    Hi Elaine, you are so sweet in the reply... HUGS
  1. Date: 4/12/2015 12:26:00 AM

    I like everything about the poem Elaine, if only it was that easy for me to discover these shades. I see, somewhat grey ... This is deep... Thank you also for sharing the bottom note. It's amazing how far a reminder can go... Linda
  1. Date: 4/3/2015 1:24:00 PM

    You might just imagine how this poem is "my kind" of poetry! It speaks to my heart, with such a lovely, however melancholy and nostalgic it tends to be, that reaches out and touches those places deep inside. So happy to see you are writing here again! I've missed seeing your writes !!
  1. Date: 3/27/2015 2:57:00 PM

    In my mind you won that contest. Loved the poem. Richard. A# 7.
  1. Date: 3/26/2015 8:08:00 AM

    The imagery is well suited for the ambiance that the author has created throughout this piece, one of rediscovering yourself through pleasant personal memories of the past. Emile. #7