Wednesday Poetry Break

I’ve been going through some old photographs recently, trying to de-clutter both my own home and that of my parents. Between the two households, there are shoeboxes and shoeboxes of old 3×5 and 4×6 photos —  all saved with the thought of putting them away into an album some day. (There are scores of empty albums between our households, as well.) So when I came across this poem at the Writers Almanac, it certainly struck home with me. How about you?

Looking at Pictures to Be Put Away

Who was this girl
In her white night gown
Clutching a pair of jeans

On a foggy redwood deck.
She looks up at me tender,
Calm, surprised,

What will we remember
Bodies thick with food and lovers
After twenty years.

—  Gary Snyder

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2 comments

  1. Wonderful poem.
    I tend to be pretty good about labeling prints, but not good about putting them into albums, etc.
    Anyone up for a photo organizing retreat (in my case it may have to be a lengthy one…)?

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