LOOKING BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE

LOOKING BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE

Top Left: My first backyard tea party; Bottom Left: Brother Kemp with my arm on his shoulder; Hal Feather and brothers

Transported
Back into time
For nearly four hours,
I poured
Through
Twenty-nine
Photograph albums
That
Spanned
Seventy-seven
Short years.

A virtual myriad
Of faces
And places,
Events,
Feelings,
Hindsights,
Insights,

And

Profound gratitude
Fill
My hallway
Of memories.

Relatives and
Friends, Neighbors,
Co-workers,
Close family members,
And familiar faces
Provided
A relational
Compass
for
My journey—
Their
Influence
Upon my life
Remains
Solid
And
Invisible.

Twenty-nine albums
Recording numerous
Births and birthdays,
Marriages, funerals,
Holidays and vacations,
Each person
And event
A veritable reminder
That existence is
Wondrously and consistently
About loss and suffering and healing,
And life is
really and finally
About Giftedness, Oneness and Growing.

As I ascended
My basement stairs from
Being dumbfounded
and submerged into
My prolific
Photographic
Time tunnel,
I realized
I was
Literally
Lost and found
in an
Altered state
Of
Time-consciousness.

Awakening to
The way
Things are now,
I
feel the warmth of
Tale-tell tears
That flow
From my
Right eye.

Every photograph
That re-membered my
Forgotten memories
Remains
Solid evidence
That
Grace and truth
Outlive
Everything
But
Love.

-Hal Edwards
November 3, 2012
Wauconda, IL

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