One More Picture

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dog eared

from a dusty box

from the days of film

and flashing bulbs

brought out to behold

and held


like an ancient, improperly folded map


high speeds


finish lines

and smiles


Of all the dreams that ever were

dreamt out loud

or secretly

acted on

or tucked away

in a dusty mind

past its prime

journeys untaken

the map, unreadable through the tears

yet, the dreams remained

scattered through the generations

dreams of success

large enough to share

because it took all of us to achieve


As brief and easy as it seemed

the rise

of a very good family

a very loving and intact family

a loyal and unconditionally accepting family

the fall

was painstakingly slow

steady, unceasing blows

irreparably tearing apart

what once was

a unit

what once was


became segmented

each one of us



only to take refuge

in our own fold

on the map


All that remains

from the smiling photograph

are the stories

that held us together

the shared memories

that bonded us

the indescribable love

of two

devoted parents

destined to have their dreams

carried out

in their absence

by all whom they created

who may one day perhaps

come together

from all points

east and west

from each precise fold

on the map

biting their tongues

swallowing their pride

shedding their remorse

before it’s too late

to smile

for one more picture


With many thanks to my dear nephew, Brendan Ludlow, for finding this old picture and sharing it on Facebook. It brought forth some very powerful and unexpected thoughts and emotions about my family. Most of which revolve around the distance between us, not only geographically, but emotionally. For all the reasons we are separated, I hope, some day, we have even better reasons to reunite and be a family again.

June 25, 2011

Coventry CT

  1. terrepruitt says:

    Wow. What a fine poem with a great wish at the end. Many families are separated by so many things. When I see close families that do things together it is so heartwarming. Thank you for sharing with such elegance.

    • Thank you Terre. This was hard to write, the bold truth about my family. Years ago we had a lot of family get together, but sadly, after we lost our mom, those ended. I think a family needs a strong matriarch to stay together. One who can cut through all the nonsense and bring everyone into the fold occasionally. I stay hopeful.

  2. C. Fassett says:

    This could have been written for my family! Beautiful, poignant, perfect.

    • Sadly, the feedback I have received, many families are like mine. Too much time being apart. Coming together only for the big events and not sharing the small ones. Let’s hope all of our families can reunite.

  3. dani says:

    beautiful, bunny! i went over 40 years without seeing one of my brothers & i’ve never met his 3 kids. no discord, just distance and everyone raising their own families. i hope you all get together at some point. Love you! ♥ *sparkly hugs*

  4. This was so beautifully written. I agree with Becky; you capture the dynamics of so many families through the passage of time. Lovely flow and as Simon commented so moving and thought provoking. Loved this.

  5. Becky says:

    Your words could describe so many families at so many different times in the course of the “life of a family”. I look at pictures of my grandparents and their siblings and all of us and I wonder how we ever all got together in the first place (without killing each other 🙂 )
    This is put together so perfectly.
    Well done!

  6. Wow ~ a beautiful, moving and thought provoking poem

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