The Keeper of Thoughts

so Bill

I was just wondering

when will you be done

taking your photographs

you were never this long

in the roll of film days

when you had a couple dozen shots

but now there’s no stopping you

 

my mother had always been

just wondering

patiently sat filing her nails

flicking through glossy magazines

Harpers and Queen

Vanity Fair

the breathtaking scenery

had never interested her

 

we’d drive out each weekend

take the Oldsmobile panting up

The Skyline Drive or

Blue Ridge Highway

there were swallowtails

and black bears

if you knew just where to look

and point your toy pistols

 

mother watched

from the passenger seat

window wound down

breeze blowing her mini beehive

the ten most alluring women

in the world

she would read out loud and

how to marry a billionaire Bill

 

poor father was a delivery man

never an ambitious bone

in his weary body

the long hours delivering parcels

exacted a price on his arthritis

but you would not hear him complain

just a few more minutes honey

he would quietly say

 

all those Kodachrome slides

he never showed or looked at them

they sat boxed

gathering dust

like his simple thoughts

over time he feared he would one day lose

our sunny days wandering Big Meadows

with mother in the car wondering

 

the names of our favorite places

still sing in my ears

they echo out from overlooks

call me back each year

to Riprap Trail

Hawksbill Gap

Elkwallow and

Bacon Hollow

 

now I am the keeper of his thoughts

unlocked and free to wander

projected overhead

we watch them on the big screen

there’s me I point

pistols at the ready

and mom smiling and waving

a cripple with withered legs

 

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8 thoughts on “The Keeper of Thoughts

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  2. I enjoyed this a lot. Reminds me of my husband. He went to school for photography and his rolls of film are sitting stored away. It was a hard time for him and I don’t think he wants the memories. Now he’s taking photos again after a 10 year break..

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    • Maybe one day he will find the time to look back on them and unearth some pleasant memories. This poem was just a made up little story although I did travel the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park at the beginning and towards the end of my trip. Glad you enjoyed this and glad also that hubby is back taking photos. Does he post online anywhere?

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      • If that’s made up it was very believable. I love making up stories and making them sound real.

        Yes he does have a website! I’ll send it to you. He is very shy and very afraid of judgement. His work is amazing but he is very reluctant to put things out there.

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