Saudade

Crowe Lake, July 1930, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

Crowe Lake, July 1930, Copyright Silverleaf 2015

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There was someone.
Once.
Long ago.
But those were different times.
We were friends;
nothing more.
What could have been
never was.
I suppose I love her even now,
though she’s a faded memory,
a disintegrating photograph
I carry with me
still.

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17 thoughts on “Saudade

    • Thank you, Kathy. This was inspired by a photograph I found among my great aunt’s things. I don’t know who it was but they were laughing as they looked into the camera. I couldn’t find it again but I really love this one, which was also one of hers.

  1. “What could have been/
    never was.”

    How many of us can relate to that? Bittersweet feeling, but you shared it in fresh a way that’s not overly sentimental, which is not easy to do. Really lovely. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Emily. I’m glad it didn’t come across as sappy, just reflective, almost as though the narrator is just realizing all of this, though of course they aren’t because they’ve carried the photograph around all this time.

  2. “I suppose I love her even now.” The casual introspection of this line just stopped my heart a little. Lovely.

        • I canNOT believe you picked up on that! Oh my god, I’m beyond flattered and impressed. They are both inspired by the same people and collections of photos and memories. I often wonder how much of the back stories I am transmitting. Thank you for reading so attentively!

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