Pinholes

Written by: Frances King

Family photographs.
Pictures of youth, 
All smiling happily,
Hiding the truth …
Grandads at work,
Grandmas in rocking chairs.
Dads in their gardens,
Mums, taken unawares …

Pinholes in the fabric of time.

Aunties and uncles,
Siblings and cousins;
Some of them all alone,
Others by the dozen …
Summers by the sea,
Weddings, holidays.
Winters by the fire,
Birthdays, school-days …

Pinholes in the fabric of time.

Faces familiar.
Faces we’ll never know.
Some who are still around:
Others, now shadows …
On little scraps of paper,
Monochrome and misty,
A Mum sees her life …
But her children see history …

Pinholes in the fabric of time …
Pinholes in the fabric of time.