I went through all our old photographs
memories made over thirteen years
Pictures worth a million words
that bring my soul to tears.
I study each one carefully
replaying the memories in my mind
looking for clues of what the future would hold
and the heartache it would leave behind
Smiling children, visiting new places
a canoe trip, a wedding, the park
How could we have known that summer day at the Lake
how quickly our bright lives would turn dark
Birthday smiles and Christmas mornings
Putt Putt golf and a day at the beach
So carefree and not knowing how soon
happiness would be out of our reach
Our passage through life captured on paper
If not for the photos would soon disappear
Fade out of our minds like the love in our hearts
bittersweetly remembered through the years.
Lost a family friend at the age of 5 and this poem reminds me of his life.
Published: February 2006