Q7: The Black and White of It

A BOOK CALLED “ALL THAT SHE CARRIED”
        … assuming that All is Mum’s black and white photo

the contour
the contrast
the curve of her nose
she always thought it

too hooked
too crooked
this black and white woman,
with black and white views.

I remember looking at this photo when I was a kid, and saying with a tone of surprise, “Oh Mum, you used to be pretty.” Given two seconds more with her, I’d say, sorry.

but to her mind,
put the right colour
where it belongs,

that’s what my mum
would’ve said.

my black and white mother,
her black and white photo
that smile of a 20-year old.


Written for Miz Quickly’s Day 7: “Black and White” and Go Dog Go Café . “All That She Carried”. The title of a book is included in the title or the body of your poem. . The photo: my mother when she was 20.  ©Misky 2022 Shared with #GoDOGGoCafe  #amwriting #GreatReadsPromptChallenge #apoemaday on Twitter

9 responses to “Q7: The Black and White of It”

  1. She is pretty. Your beautiful poems about your parents always touch me.

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    1. Ah. 🥰 Thanks so much.

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  2. Lovely. Don’t yopu think she looks young for twenty? Certainly got that innocence of youth.

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    1. I can hear my mother saying, “back then we weren’t in a big rush to grow up like the young are now.” Sometimes it’s difficult for me to tell a girl of 13 from a 20-year old. And I don’t think it’s a SpecSavers issue. 😂

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      1. Yup, kids want to grow up so quickly. But I figure every generation is like that.

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        1. Yes, you’re probably right. I remember how excited I was to move into my first flat.

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  3. Beautiful; your mother and your poetic tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a lovely tribute to your ever so young looking mum. 🌹

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    1. Thank you. 😄

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