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My mother had what I can only describe, as a brain freeze moment. She decided to throw out an old suitcase containing all her old photographs, and keepsakes.

I will give her a bit of leeway as she is 89,but all those memories are now landfill.

Which gave me the idea for this poem on keepsakes.

Those keepsakes help to stop the memories fade.

They lift you up when you are feeling sad.

Remembering how those memories were made.

The fun times in those days that you once had.

Those sea shells that I gathered on the shore.

The pictures of my childhood having fun.

I’d love to touch those seashells just once more.

To again look at those photos every one.

The feelings take you right back to that day.

When life was innocent, and so carefree.

You wish you could go back in time and stay.

But that is not how life is meant to be.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on April 23, 2020:

the old keepsakes are good to jolt the old memory bank

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 22, 2020:


I've lost a few over the years and I wish I had them back.

But sometimes one moves..things get left behind.

Lovely to look back upon.

Nice write.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 17, 2019:

We need to hold on to the memories because moments in life pass too quickly. Now and then we have to look back and try to relive the moments or bring back those passed in our minds. It is unfortunate that your mother threw that suitcase of photos away. Nice poem.

Lorna Lamon on August 17, 2019:

One of my happiest memories was sitting with my Great Aunt and going through the box of old photos she had of family members. After she passed I inherited the box of photos and I treasure the moments with my own children as they get to know their family. Your poem brought back memories of hanging on to the past in a good way. Loved it.

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