A split second of time
Frozen for all to see
Photographs are treasures
Capturing memories clearly
Beautiful scenes full of colour
People smiling having fun
Whether a garden in winter
Or an exotic paradise of sun
Our Earth is abundantly rich
Opulent beauty wherever you look
Landscapes, scenes and micro
Perfection in the photo you took
Celebrations wouldn’t be the same
Without the photos we create
Family history through generations
Times together that were great
None of us know the length
Of our time upon this Earth
Photographs can hold a wealth
Pure gold, not the paper’s worth
They aid our failing memory
With a delving knack
Little things we’d forgotten
All come flooding back
A visual link for our children
The only one they can see
Of those who came before them
Supporting their family tree
Sharing their treasured pictures
And the stories of their past
Brings them ‘back to life’
In our hearts to forever last
However, it’s even more important
Especially when ‘snapping’ a lot
To be present, there in the moment
Live in the reality, not just the shot
Trina Graves – 27th March 2019
About This Poem
I have always loved family photos and have spent countless hours going through them with various members of my family, old and young, talking of the happy memories of the past.
In the late 90’s I spent months (of my spare time) scanning all of my hundreds of photographs and the majority of my parents photographs into my computer (before the days of digital). This was to become a wonderful treasure chest for me when in 2010 I began my Spiritual Quotes To Live By website and started to make up photo-quotes to use on the site. At the beginning I only had family photos, but through following my joy of taking photos, one day while out on a walk through a woods with a few of my grandchildren I began to take nature photographs too, and through this my eyes were opened to the miraculous beauty of nature.
As I’d carefully filed away all of the photographs into the years they were taken (or approx) I then endeavored to continually keep my pictures sorted by date, and then in later years copied to relevant files to use for quotes. At family gatherings or sometimes just out on a walk I often take over 200 photos, so keeping them sorted really makes all the difference.
All of my family know of my photo collection and often ask me for certain photos. Even today, I was asked to send photos of my granddaughters Great Nan, who died this week, bringing up the significance of the timing of this poem. (I had already chosen it for posting today).
Over the years I have literally covered walls in laminated photographs of my family, as the pictures bring me such joy. The home I am in now has been the only one since the beginning of the 2000’s where I have not done this, and I have recently been missing this and have thought of doing it again. However, I will have to print out lots of new photos due to all the grandchildren born since my last big print out, and of course all of the other grandchildren are getting so much older! Also, it’s a dilemma now as to whether to print them with quotes, or not and also I so love many of the nature photos too!
The picture below is of my bedroom in my previous home. There were more pictures on other walls too! I just loved being surrounded by the beautiful (mostly happy) faces of five generations of my family – my grandparents through to my grandchildren. Lots of happy memories to send me to sleep and a pure delight to wake up to in the morning!