Photographs and Memory

Photographs and Memories

Some photographs,
bring back
forgotten things.
Memory like
a flour sifter,
catches stray bits.
So much
more forgotten
than ever noticed.
Time may never tell.

Memory may not
fit every need.
Incredible stories
when memory fails
or events
are just too
terrible to admit.
Might complicity
be forgiven
or simplified?

Some photographs
as complicated
as stories,
some do tell
a story.
Some have
nothing to say.
Like gods
who do not speak,
they are
spoken of.
Sometimes
in reverence.

Memories can
illuminate or
enslave us.
Dust, we will be.
Photographs fade.
Evil covers
its horrible tracks
rewriting toxic
histories. With
some success.

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