Memories and nostalgia are the chills and the warm fuzzies which link us to our pasts. Both are triggered by any number of things: A smell, a sound, a song, the wind, places, cars….you get the idea. Anything can remind us of the people no longer in our lives. Let’s walk down the hall, shall we?
Many of us take our photographs really seriously. We inherited the tradition of lining a hallway with the chain of events we recorded for posterity. Very few know the reason why the hall is important.
As the conduit which brings you from the public, social areas of the house to the intimate chambers, it is very traveled. It offers the opportunity for nostalgia each time we wake and when we go to bed. Both are very important times of the day when we are most likely to entertain the portions of our past which bring fond memories.
In The Hall, you will find how a certain picture captures the attention and sets off a chain of events which all tie to the photograph. It is the quietest part of the day. Listen to the theme song of everyday sounds.
The dishes are done.
The laundry is folded.
All the animals have eaten.
In the other room, the box drones
Between odd ads and canned laughter.
The sweeping second hand jerks up
To tick off another minute.
Standing in the hall,
Eyes linger in each of the frames.
First the old, then the newer ones.
Moments captured by the shutter.
Drawing closer, now to look up
At the one with us in it.
The clock chimes the time.
It’s a touch past nine.
The grandfather clock’s gotten slow.
Forgotten are the weights and chains
Until bedtime comes without call.
In the robe and slippers to trudge
Into a moonlit room to wind it.
It is a long walk
Back to the chilled bedroom.
Snuggled under blankets and sheets,
Remembering the warmth they held,
Sought when you had stolen them all.
In those moments, its this picture
Recalled, with us together in it.
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer
Are you a photo album collector? Do you have the hallway full of framed photographs? What in your house reminds you the most of a time long past? Is Mate a cover hog?