An Old Shoe Box


In an old show box hidden away

I unearthed my past.

A record of parents, uncles, aunts and cousins

So many now passed on.

Photographs of a younger time

When hair flowed over shoulders

Bright clothes were the trend

And life was there to be grasped.

I found a slim young boy

Wide eyed and expectant

Beside a younger girl in blue,

With eyes so full of hope.

Their future would be

Children and dysfunction,

His naivety plunging him

To places he never imagined

From which he struggles to recover.


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25 Responses to An Old Shoe Box

  1. But we are so glad for photographs, reminding us of our past, perhaps the times we went through which we regret and also those that bring happiness.

  2. A moving, challenging poem, Michael. It’s a good thing that we don’t know what life has in store for us. We all have battles that we have fought and lost, fought and won. It’s so easy to assume that nobody else goes through hard times, since we are mostly so practised at putting on a shiny, perfect mask for others to see.

  3. Sigh, such a bittersweet rendition, Michael ❤ There is so much to admire in your poem. Sigh, absolutely mesmerized at the opening lines. I believe life is not a problem that needs to be resolved rather a reality awaiting to be experience. Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤

    Lots of love,

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    “When hair flowed over shoulders

    Bright clothes were the trend”…this reminds me of the 70’s 🙂

  5. Jae Rose says:

    Opening Pandora’s box – i imagine finding memories in a box under a bed..on a shelf.. rewinding time..despite the places he never imagined he would go maybe the question is would he change it

  6. oldegg says:

    I always feel a little sad looking at old photographs because they only tell half the story and you desperately want to know more!

  7. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    You brought in a different aspect of looking at old memories….a mixture of feelings!

  8. weebluebirdie says:

    I’ve read your posts for a while now, and know that there is a lot of pain and troubles in your past. But I also know that you’re in a much better place now. Old photographs bring such mixed memories, and we cling them so dearly.

    • Michael says:

      You are correct on both counts and I greatly appreciate your comment. Photos of the past do serve to bring back some pain but they also remind you that you have moved on and that is always encouraging. Thank you.

  9. If only that hope didn’t get replaced by knowledge. Yet knowledge is important, too.

  10. georginamorley says:

    But at least you have the memories and visual proof of happier times XXX

  11. elleceef says:

    How well I remember doing this – looking back at old memories – decisions and choices made so long ago. The results not always how we thought they could be. I can appreciate your words ” His naivety plunging him
    To places he never imagined
    From which he struggles to recover.” I hope that he does recover and thrive.

  12. When I look at old pictures like that I always have a feeling of “who was that girl.” I look at her with wonder, pride, exasperation, and relief that I’ve grown from all that. You’ve written well of this.

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