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What’s in a Photograph—Poem

Chitrangada loves to express her moods and emotions, through her poems. Most of her poems are free style and spontaneous with Nature at core

This photograph of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is from my Italy travel, along with my family. Each photograph has a story behind it, including this one.

This photograph of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is from my Italy travel, along with my family. Each photograph has a story behind it, including this one.

Word Prompt—Photographs

The following set of poems are inspired by Brenda’s word prompt challenge.
Brenda needs no introduction, and her weekly word prompts, continue to inspire the fellow writers, to create something beautiful, every week.

Photographs

This is an amazing word, with the possibility of many interpretations.

Photographs are usually captured, when we are in a celebration mood, during family unions, festivals, or special occasions.
We often enjoy looking at our family albums, wedding photographs, the childhood pictures of our children, and relive those precious moments.
Even when there were no mobile cameras, I had a keen interest in photography. Though, I had an ordinary camera, and had to follow all the lengthy process to see the final print. But, I loved capturing precious moments of my family members.

I have a huge collection of pictures of travel locations, and of course Nature photography is my hobby.

I hope you like my response, Brenda.

An amazing family trip to The Horse Shoe Bend, Arizona, USA, and the photograph is a beautiful reminder of those enjoyable moments

An amazing family trip to The Horse Shoe Bend, Arizona, USA, and the photograph is a beautiful reminder of those enjoyable moments

What’s in a Photograph-Poem

What’s in a photograph,

Some captured moments,

The moments of lifetime,

Some kind of biograph,



What’s in a photograph,

Some delightful treasures,

In colour or black and white,

Something to make us smile and laugh,



What’s in a photograph,

It’s to remember, the loved ones,

Who have passed away,

Helps to write their monographs,


Preserve those photographs,

To live the moments gone by.


I love capturing Nature’s beauty—Each morning, the Sunrise looks beautiful and uniquely different.

I love capturing Nature’s beauty—Each morning, the Sunrise looks beautiful and uniquely different.

Photograph—Acrostic Poem

Photographs—Some coloured, some black and white,

Have the ability, to make us smile, even when alone,

Oh! Those precious moments, from the past,

Treasured memories with family and friends,

Often, bringing tears of joy, and mixed emotions,

Grateful to the Almighty, for those cherished moments,

Refreshing memories of the times, gone by,

And, never to return,

Photographs tell you the stories,

Happy times, preserved for the coming generations.

Quotes on Photograph

** We take photographs, as a return ticket to a moment, otherwise gone.

——Katie Thermes.

** I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.

—Leon Levinstien.

** What I like about the photographs is, that they capture a moment, that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

—-Karl Lagerfeld.

Some Thoughts About the Importance of Photographs, in Our Journey of Life

  • When I was in school, I always looked at a photograph, hanging on the wall. It was in black and white, with a pleasing face and expressive eyes. That was my grandmother, whom I had never seen in person. She had passed away, before my birth.
    The graceful lady always looked back at me, from the glass frame. And she looked so familiar, although I had never met her.
    The resemblance could not be missed.
    Yes, my father always used to say, that I resembled my grandmother.
    Who says, that people leave you!
    They are always there in your heart, in memories, and in a Photograph.
  • Recently my brother, forwarded me an old black and white photograph, which was sent to him, by a distant relative. It was a group photograph from a wedding ceremony, may be from the early 70’s.
    Me and my siblings are also seen in the picture, obviously too young, to be recognised.
    My brother requested me to identify all those in the photograph. He is four years younger to me, and thus he may have thought, that I would be better off in recognising all those in the picture.
    And, I did recognise most of them.
    The significant or the sad part, however was that almost six of the relatives, who are in the photograph, are no more.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 14, 2021:

Hello Amara!

Thank you for reading and appreciating my response. Glad that you liked it.

Sorry, for responding late. Somehow, your comment was not visible. It had gone into the spam.

Appreciate your kind comments and support. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 13, 2021:

Hello Mary!

Thank you for visiting again. You are right about, how the photographs help us appreciate the valuable times, spent together.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts.

Thank you so much. Take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 13, 2021:

Hello Devika!

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment on my response. I am pleased to read your positive feedback, that you think that my poems are unique.

Thank you for your kind words and support. Have a wonderful day.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2021:

I finally found it. Photographs are special. The day after my husband passed away, we opened a box of pictures and enjoyed reminiscing events. It helped us appreciate our time together.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 13, 2021:

ChitrangadaSharan Photos are special and remind us of our past. I like that you took on this challenge. and your poems are unique and your talent shines through.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 13, 2021:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for reading my response. Appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Marlene!

So good to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, photograph.

Always a pleasure to have your presence on my work. Stay Blessed and happy.

Thank you so much.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 12, 2021:

Chitrangada, this is a nice poem and lovely to read. Yes, photographs survive all these years to rekindle memories.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Okoye Chinyere!

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad that you liked my response, and my pictures.

Good to read your comments. Much appreciated. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Misbah!

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. I am glad that you liked my response to, photographs. Yes, they are precious memories, cherished moments, and I love visiting them, again and again.

Thank you for your kind words. God bless you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Rosina!

Many thanks for reading and appreciating my response to the word prompt.

Always a pleasure to read your positive feedback.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you so much.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 12, 2021:

I absolutely loved your poems. You captured Brenda's prompt eloquently.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Mary!

Yes, there was some issue, but they have fixed it now. On reading your comments, I had sent an email to Hubpages.

You can open the link and read it now.

Thank you so much!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2021:

I tried to open this several times but it only gives me 404 - can't find it. I'll try again.

Chinyere Okoye from Anambra ,Awka on October 12, 2021:

I admire your poetry skill, very engaging. Those pictures are beautiful.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 12, 2021:

Chitra Di, I really enjoyed reading your beautiful poems in response to Brenda's prompt, "Photograph". I especially liked your first poem. You described it so beautifully, there is really a lot to see in photos. So many beautiful memories. I liked the images as well. Thank you for sharing. Take care and keep smiling.

Blessings and Love to you!!

Rosina S Khan on October 12, 2021:

I loved your poetry, Chitrangada. A perfect response to Brenda's prompt. I loved your travel pictures and narration too. And I admired the quotes as well. I liked everything about your article. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello FlourishAnyway!

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, photographs.

I am also digitizing my old photographs, and there is so much work, since there are so many of them. But, I have to do this, especially for the future generations.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you for your support. A very good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Vidya Ji!

Thank you so much for reading and appreciating my response to the word prompt. I am glad that you liked the poems and my thoughts about the importance of photographs, with reference to my personal experiences.

Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Just wanted to let you know that I had read your latest article/ word prompt response on Fear, but wasn’t able to comment, as it didn’t appear on my feed. It was a wonderful write up.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. My best wishes.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Ginger Burke!

Appreciate your presence here, and glad that you liked my response to the word prompt.

I can relate to your comments, about getting older, and looking at the photographs of yesteryears, as a sweet reminder of the cherished moments.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

Have a wonderful day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Sorry to know that you are having some problems. I hope that everything is fine by now. My best wishes.

I appreciate you for taking the time to read and review my response, even when having to deal with personal issues.

Glad that you liked the poems and the narration.

Thank you so much for the motivation to all the fellow writers.

Have a blessed day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Nithya!

Thank you for your encouraging words, and appreciation of my response to the word prompt.

You are right that photographs can make us relive the pleasant memories, with family and friends.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Peggy!

Your valuable comment is an extension of my thoughts, about the word prompt—Photographs. I am glad that you liked my response to the challenge.

Photographs are valuable, and they let us connect to our ancestors, especially those, with whom we couldn’t get the opportunity to spend time, or those dear ones, who left us, with pleasant memories.

Always a pleasure to read your thoughts about my work.

Thank you so much, and good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Liza!

Always a pleasure to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response, and the poems.

Italy is so beautiful, and I have sweet memories of our family trip to Italy, because that was our first International travel.

I wish you get to visit Italy, soon.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Shauna!

Always a pleasure to read your comments. I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt, and also agree with my observations about the photographs.

Yes, I enjoy traveling with my family, and road trips are my favourite. Capturing those amazing places in my camera, makes me happy, and it’s always wonderful to relive those moments in the photographs.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Bill!

Appreciate your kind words of encouragement and appreciation.

Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Janis!

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. I am pleased that you noticed my observations about the importance of photographs in our journey of life.

Always a pleasure to read your thoughts. Thank you so much!

Have a wonderful day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Rozlin!

Good to read your comments and thank you for appreciating my response.

Many thanks for your encouraging words and support. Best wishes to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello MsDora!

Good to read your comments and do preserve and cherish your collection of photographs.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day!

Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello John!

I am glad that you liked my response to the word prompt.

Yes, I do enjoy traveling, and taking photographs. Nowadays, it’s much easier, compared to earlier times.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Pamela!

So pleased to read your comments, that you think that I have covered the word prompt, well.

The photographs are the only way, to know about our ancestors. Grandparents are such an important companions for their grandchildren. They are surely missed.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Appreciate your kind comments.

Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Liz!

I am glad that you liked the poems and my photographs. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 12, 2021:

I enjoyed your reflections and poems as well as those quotes on photos. I've been trying to gain mastery over my digital photo library recently, organizing it and also digitizing what was hard copy. What a massive task!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2021:

Chitrangada

I love your pictures of the Leaning Tower in Italy & Horse Shoe Bend in Arizona.

I have not visited either one.

It does seem we only snap pictures on those Happy occasions.

Your poem, "What’s in a Photograph-Poem" tells us photographs capture moments of a lifetime, almost like s biograph.

They make us smile & laugh as we remember loved ones.

In your acrostic poem, "Photograph—Acrostic Poem" tells us how a photo preserves a moment in time.

Like writing a story, it gives us a treasure to keep.

I was going through a few photos the other day, and it's difficult to remember everyone in them.

I'm glad you remember the photo of your grandmother looking back at you.

It's strange how some photos seem to do that.. but they do.

I posted a link ealier.

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 11, 2021:

A great response to Brenda's word promot, Chutrangada.The photos with their captions are beautiful. The account about the importance of photographs in the journey of life is very touching. Thanks for sharing

Ginger Burke from Illinois on October 11, 2021:

Well done on this poem! Especially as I get older and my memory gets worse, photographs are a sweet reminder of all those treasured times and people you mentioned in your writing.

Amara from Pakistan on October 11, 2021:

Hi Chitra di, its a lovely write up. I enjoyed reading your poem along with nice photos you captured. Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2021:

Hey gal

I posted a link & will read later.

I've been having a few problems & need to have the oral surgeon recheck...

Talk with you soon.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 11, 2021:

A sweet poem beautifully written. As you say people never leave us they live on in our memories. Photos of family vacations are precious for they always bring back the happy moments together.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2021:

I loved how you approached this challenge of the word "photographs." Your poems capture the moments we all hold dear, those of family photos, vacation trips, and capturing those special moments, whether it is a rainbow or pretty flower, etc. Like you, I have a photo hanging on one of our walls of a family member I never met in person. It is my great great grandmother.

Liza from USA on October 11, 2021:

A beautiful poem with the word 'photograph.' I love the simplicity of the poem you've written. Simple but, it has a very significant meaning behind it. I love the photos too! It has been almost ten years since my last visit to Italy. I miss Italy, and I want to go back. Thanks for your wonderful poem, Chitrangada. Have a lovely week ahead.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 11, 2021:

Photographs are treasures of time standing still. They preserve memories and introduce us to family we may never have met.

Your photos are beautiful, Chitrangada. You've done quite a bit of traveling, haven't you?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2021:

Sweet melancholy in these poems, my friend, written from the heart. Well done!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on October 11, 2021:

Very touching points at the end, Chitrangada. Your personal experiences summarize quite well the significance of photographs and family. I love your poems as well, the acrostic especially. Excellent creative work!

Rozlin from UAE on October 11, 2021:

What a joyful read! Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, Chitra di. I enjoyed reading and liked your pictures too. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 11, 2021:

Chitrangada, you make me want to cherish the photographs I have even. Thanks for sharing your sentiments.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 11, 2021:

This was an excellent response to Brenda’s “photograph” prompt, Chitrangada. Your poems and commentary describe the love of photographs and those photos taken by you on your travels are great. Have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 11, 2021:

You covered all the important things in a photograph so well, Chitrangada. This is a beautiful response to Brenda's prompt. That is an interesting story about your grandmother. My grandmother died before I was a year old, so I have also looked at her and wondered what it would be like if she had lived. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 11, 2021:

This is a beautifully illustrated article. Your photographs enhance the skillfully written poetry. I also appreciated your thoughts on photographs.

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