What is in a Photograph?By: Michael A. HorvichJune 4, 2013
With thanks to Susan Tillet: friend, mentor, confidant, fellow writer and artist.
There is a beauty in youth that does not speak to us in age.We see a photograph of what we once were and we amaze.It is the beauty of hopeIt is the beauty of innocenceIt is the beauty of a life not yet livedNot yet fully enjoyedNot yet terribly sufferedSeeking to understandThat is not to say there is not beauty in age that speaks to youth.We see a photograph of what we are becoming and we reflect.It is the beauty of experienceIt is the beauty of knowingIt is the beauty of wisdomNot yet finishedNot yet completedSeeking to discoverWith increasing difficulty, the beauty of youth can still be see in old age.The photographs of what we were often lost, in a shoebox go unnoticed.The mirror gets cloudedThe mirror gets distortedThe mirror gets tarnishedNot yet goneNot yet overSeeking to re-discoverWhen our physical beauty has turned to wrinkles and wonders,The photographs will be to be remembered not to be remembering.• • •When we stop to look back will we see,Really see who we were and who we have become,And ask, what is beauty really as we go from youth to old age?There is no photograph that can truly reflect or tell our story.There is only you. There is only me. To live. To love. To die.To leave behind something, better than it was before.