old photograph album

this person in front of me

fallen silent

in her declining years

there by her side

an old burgundy photo album

the kind where you took the film

to the pharmacy or sent by mail

waited a week or two

opened the pack took the best

put them in the album

under plastic covers

save the colour from the sun

& here she is time gone

hat at a jaunty angle

lips painted on

& there in the eyes

a sparkle glowing the fun

to be had with her friends

family recovering from war

when I place them on her lap

her light begins to shine

the years fall off

& I don’t see age

the granny no more

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