Thursday, May 9, 2019

DMC: "Instructions for a Photograph" by Linda Baie


Enjoy your place on the piano top.
Offer memories when someone plays
a favorite song of whom you show
in loving remembrance long ago.

Enjoy your home of walnut frame
dusted and lifted to memorize
a sparkle of eyes of whom you show,
that smile a mystery of long ago.

If by chance, you find yourself
in forgotten attic memories,
you will be found as children grow
and loved again for whom you show.

© 2019 Linda Baie. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Steinglass has challenged us to write a poem giving instructions to an inanimate object about how to do its job. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our May 2019 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fantastic debut poetry collection from WordSong:


  1. Such a lovely, sentimental poem, Linda. It reflects the character of its subject beautifully!

    1. Thanks for posting, Michelle. It was fun to write. I love Liz's challenge!

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you, Linda.

  3. This is really a sweet poem, Linda. It will speak to a lot of us. Thanks.

  4. Oh, this is soooooo nice. I love,
    "a sparkle of eyes of whom you show,
    that smile a mystery of long ago."
    I just love looking at old photographs...searching for clues in the look at that one moment. Great poem.

  5. A perfect object for this challenge, Linda! Well done!

  6. Love the last heartfelt stanza Linda!