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no finger-marks were there by cameraflou no finger-marks were there by cameraflou
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My Grandmother
She kept an antique shop – or it kept her.
Among Apostle spoons and Bristol glass,
The faded silks, the heavy furniture,
She watched her own reflection in the brass
Salvers and silver bowls, as if to prove
Polish was all, there was no need of love.
And I remember how I once refused
To go out with her, since I was afraid.
It was perhaps a wish not to be used
Like antique objects. Though she never said
That she was hurt, I still could feel the guilt
Of that refusal, guessing how she felt.
Later, too frail to keep a shop, she put
All her best things in one long, narrow room.
The place smelt old, of things too long kept shut,
The smell of absences where shadows come
That can’t be polished. There was nothing then
To give her own reflection back again.
And when she died I felt no grief at all,
Only the guilt of what I once refused.
I walked into her room among the tall
Sideboards and cupboards – things she never used
But needed: and no finger-marks were there,
Only the new dust falling through the air.
Elizabeth Jennings
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your grandmother? Your grandmother's story? Or your partner's?
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cameraflou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Not my grand mother ! My great grand mother I've never known her. the photo is 1905, but my grand mother is still alive she's 95 old !:)
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BlauBeerKuchen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Stirring, touching, thought-provoking ... Thank you for sharing.
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cameraflou Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
thank you veru much !:)
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BlauBeerKuchen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
straight from the heart :)
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cameraflou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
:hug:
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Photographer
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cameraflou Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
:hug:
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