Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Poem by J.K. Durick

Uncle John's Photos

So many were saved, these
random pieces of a life--

unsorted faces, generations
held together like this,

in blank boxes and books
mostly unlabelled
anonymous now--

a grandparent perhaps,
some army buddies,
an almost forgotten war,

a few of a niece, a nephew,
then summer folks
rowing and waving,

assorted dogs
forever chasing things
thrown so long ago,

they have all become blurs,
a hundred years worth,
at least

This is how it ends--
all our joy and folly
our sadness and anger

the things we did
the things we were capable
of doing

fading pictures
pieces of the puzzle
we become.

J.K. Durick is a writing teacher at the Community College of Vermont and an online writing tutor.  His recent poems have appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Black Mirror, Deep Water Literary Journal, Eye On Life Magazine, and Leaves of Ink.

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