Tuesday, January 17, 2023

GRANDMOTHER'S PHOTOS

Photos

Sepia with age

Carefully mounted

On thick cards

Studio names on the bottom


Handsome people

Dressed in finery

Carefully posed

Frozen in time

In places named Os and Bergen


In a box in Momma’s things

Some with names

Some in a little sack

“My Mother’s Family

In Norway”


1910 her mother left home

Photos older than that

The way to carry them

The kith and kin and friends

Across the wide water

And the vast plains


A strange land with strange people

So very far away

From the flesh and blood

Behind the little rectangles

Of cardboard

Sepia with age.

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