Saturday, October 4, 2014


The hallway is dark
as he moves slowly,
expecting to stumble
but lights turn on
over portraits
portraits of his past,
his birth
his mother tending
his knee, scraped
tending his brothers,
portraits, his schools
and people he knew,
friends, teachers, cooks,
portraits, the light
shining above each
to illuminate each
singly, his life
or lives, his wedding,
children born,
portraits, career success /
failure, portraits.
His pace quickens
to reach the end
the final portrait
he sees the light
above it and as
he arrives
at the final portrait
the light goes dark.

Photograph by Maliz Ong via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

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