old photos are not memories

16 Jan

old photos are not memories

they capture the awkward moments

between the events that we recall

they grab just a frame

memories cannot be copied

or enhanced using some kind of fancy

memories are softest of software

made up of pixie dust and puppy dog tails

old photos occasionally do capture the magic, though

when the light was just right, and the face

for that moment, revealed the soul

those are the photos which define us

because our loved ones return to it

again and again for solace

once the camera can no longer capture

their momentary visit upon this Earth

old photos are not memories

but they are what we’ve got

reminding us that once we lived

in a different sort of world

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