SCHOOL PHOTOS

School photos, a ritual,

cherished likenesses of ones' self,

thumbnail prints placed on a shelf

or mantelpiece with pride;

matter of obligation for parents

a record of proud growth. 

 

Cameras with their elephant memories

blinked portentously,

nothing personal.

 

We were rounded up by disreputable fellows

with a taste for pin-ups,

stage-sets, black cloths,

revealing lights;

prints sent to dodgy magazines of the time:

Health and Efficiency,

Spic and Span,

Lilliput and their like.

 

After puberty came realisation,

a meeting of minds;

I bought a Kodak Retinette,

set up a darkroom in the bedroom,

moved on from the herding,

the framing with gilt. 

 

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raypool

Tue 2nd Jan 2018 20:22

Thanks for stopping by Hannah. My school photos were pre - colour and seem so retro now!

Ray

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Hannah Collins

Tue 2nd Jan 2018 16:40

I was drawn to this poem and it doesn't disappoint.
I like school photos, always a bit of a shock but as you say a record of proud growth to the parents.

Hannah

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raypool

Fri 29th Dec 2017 21:57

Thanks David. I can't pretend you havn't understood me correctly. Sadness leaches out whenever I return to a dream of potential unfulfilled. I'm glad it resonated.

Ray

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raypool

Fri 29th Dec 2017 09:55

Sounds risky Col. Happy new year mate.

Thanks for stopping by Des.

Ray.

<Deleted User> (13762)

Thu 28th Dec 2017 08:23

I have a local cleaning company called Pam's Spic and Span Homes. One day when I'm really bored I'm gonna give Pam a call and maybe she can teach me some health and efficiency too. I'll let you know how I get on ?

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