Sunday, December 29, 2013

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait: Francis Bacon

















Memories cast; black and white—
     images that once were clear
     begin to fade and disappear…

Life is a reflection
of everywhere we’ve been,
where we come from; who we are;
filled with introspection,
we can never start again.
Looking toward the light
profiled in the lens—
each deed and every sin;
colors fade with time,
only memories remain.
So what will the camera capture?
Who are we in the end?
What image left to ponder:
     a life full of regrets—
       or one filled with love and friends?

©    Ginny Brannan 2013

Written for The Mag #200. Image provided by Tess Kincaid, she provides the image, we the story!

16 comments:

  1. photos are wonderful for the memories they evoke! Happy New Year!

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  2. Fabulous poem, Ginny! I'd need an extra big lens to capture my sins!

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  3. A good quesiton to think about, though I'm sure yours is the latter.

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  4. Very thought provoking. We need to analyse what is life all about. The real essence lies with being in friends and family. Have a happy new year. Take Carr.

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  5. Very thought provoking. We need to analyse what is life all about. The real essence lies with being in friends and family. Have a happy new year. Take Carr.

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  6. Shrewdly apt and rather wise...

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  7. So very true .. sometimes the very best memories are not actually captured through a lens but rather in the minds eye! I loved your take on this Mag prompt & of course my answer to your last question of ponderment (I don't think ponderment is a real word but it sounds good)..I would say most unequivocally "Friends & Family" .

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  8. And how much of our true self does a camera capture? Aye, that's the rub...

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  9. our life is what we make of it...every choice and action, every friend and acquaintence leaves a touch---we leave a touch and often dont know its significance....

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  10. Ginny,
    Well said...life is a gathering of everything that has touched us, and that we've touched. It's good to be reminded of this, especially in such an artful manner. Happy New Year to the Brannans!!
    Steve K.

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  11. Lovely poem Ginny .... Happy New Year!

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  12. Wonderfully penned! I think I have to admit to just a few regrets!

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