Childers Photography  - Where Visions Become Reality

     TATTERED PHOTOGRAPH

 

She sat before me, wrinkled, grey,
     a tear upon here cheek. 
Her head was bowed, her eyes cast down,
     she could barely speak. 

 

Her husband of half a century
     had taken glory’s path,
     now all she had were memories
     and one tattered photograph.

 

She looked up with beggar’s eyes,
     and asked so tenderly,
Can you repair this photograph?
     It means the world to me.

 

For fifty years I felt his touch
     now death’s torn us apart.
This photograph is all I have
     to ease the aching in my heart.

 

I fixed the cracks across his face
     and brightened up his eye,
     and when she saw the photograph
     she could only cry.

 

How much? She sobbed, it matters not
     …I’ll pay any fee.
I said, I only want a smile,
     that’s good enough for me.

 

She squeezed my hand and paid her bill,
     and in a solemn tone
     she said, my husband’s picture
     is the dearest thing I own.

 

The months slipped by so swiftly
     …I saw her  now and then,
     and every time she took my hand
     and paid her bill again.

 

Then one day she passed away,
     and I went to say goodbye,
     but when I saw her lying there
     I couldn’t help but cry.

 

A gentle smile adorned her lips,
     but on her lifeless breast
they had placed that precious photograph
     … it was her request.

 

Stocks and bonds and diamond rings
     she left to fade away.
She only took the dearest thing
     on this final day.

 

Yes, she took that portrait with her
     into eternity,
     and with that special photograph
     went a tiny part of me.

 

And each of us must ne’er forget,
     who share this precious craft,
     that
wondrous thread of golden love
     we weave into each photograph.

 

Reprinted with permission
Copyright ã 1983, Marty Richar
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