What If

what if you don’t have a photograph of me
will you still see the life we had so much of yet so little?

will you still feel the emotions running through the creases on my forehead as I smile?

will you remember how I open myself to you every day, a subtle invitation to join me as we journey through life?

will you remember how my eyes shine in great joy as I watch nature and the people around loving life?

will a photograph be enough to transport you back in time, when the world was ours to love and behold?




( The image shows an old-fashioned camera resting on a faded map. There are three photos in sepia print next to the camera)

Linking to kate’s Friday fun – what https://aroused.blog/2020/05/30/friday-fun-what


  1. really lovely Mich … is this your father?

    photography is a wonderful way to capture nature and life around us … thanks for joining in the fun!


    1. Triple star for you KateπŸ…πŸ…πŸ…..

      Indeed photograph is one of the best inventions so far.. i remembered smiling over for a print ad campaign for a camera film back then, when digital cameras were not yet born..😊😊😊

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    1. Oh, thank you Ivor…
      Its always fun looking at our old photos..the ones we had to bring to the photography shop and wait for an hour or two to get it printed…ahhh those were the days..a test of a photographers eyes..

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  2. Di ko po mahagilap ang sagot sa what if???

    β€œOnly heart capture each memories and the heart has unlimited storage to store memories.”

    Tanging masasabi ko lang po, sa pyesang ito naalala ko ang aking kapatid na yumao, wala man kaming photograph, tanging larawan lang namin ay mga alaalang inukit sa puso at lilingunin nalang sa nakaraan.



    1. Oh thank you for sharing a piece of your story here…tama ka wala man kayong larawan together but the memories you shared together growing up will forever serve as loving remembrance of him and your life together…

      Sending you lots of hugs my dear

      How are you now that the lockdown has been eased?

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      1. β€œMatira matibay na raw po.”

        Katwiran nila,,,

        Wala pa rin pong public transportation.

        Wala pa rin pong mga gatherings and pati ang pagsimba.

        Mananatiling sarado ang mga paaralan.
        Pero bukas ang enrollment at ikakasa ang online class. Kawawa naman ang mga batang di abot ng internet. Kawawa naman ang mga batang walang pamprint para sa mga module na ibibigay ng DEPED.

        Lubos lang akong nalulungkot.

        Ibinababa ang GCQ sana nakikita ng mga mamayang Pilipino na ginawa ito para makabawi sa ekonomiya ang Pilipinas.

        Sana mabawasan ang mga pasaway at naisin nalang na sumunod para sa ikabubuti ng lahat.



      2. Ohhhhhh my heart goes out to those who cant really afford the alternative mode of education

        And yes i agree this is to get back on economy and so please sana sumunod na lahat.

        Ingat ka dian…if public transport is still suspended i am guessing its very hard for the regular workers whose only mode of transportation is through public vehicles

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      3. Awa ko sa mga batang uhaw na matuto ngunit di napagtutuunan ng pansin.

        Makakaraos din tayo/ ang ating bayan sa crisis na ito. Patuloy po tayong manalangin at kumapit sa Poong Maylikha.

        Kayo rin po…ingat din po kayo diyan.



  3. This is really wonderful, and what to say about the last.. The photograph, may be its image for others but only knows by those who framed into it.. that past, that moment, that beautiful life, the world which we put behind….πŸ€—πŸ€—


  4. I think this can also reconcile with a parent and a child…
    It reminded me of the few photos I have of my birth mother… who passed when I was young.


  5. Oh, so beautiful, SweetMich! I have tears in my eyes.
    We can all think of someone and relate to the wondering, the unanswered questions, the emotions.
    I thought of you speaking to your father as I read your poem. But, I, also, thought of you wondering those things related to your own children some day.
    Grateful for photos, but, also, for photos-in-the-mind and our memories. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚


    1. I totally agree with yoy Carolyn. This could be for anybody else out there. ❀❀❀

      Photos are really very useful in remembering people and events and like you said, our minds and hearts remember the most, and yes even without a photograph..😊😊😊

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  6. Oh my gosh, this poem brings so much nostalgia of memories that have long passed, and that are fading away….(stop making me cry, Mich)! In all seriousness though, I love how you repeat “will you” and “a subtle invitation”, they’re just so beautifully worded πŸ’– I’d give this an A*, no doubt haha!!


    1. Lol….thanks for the A* …i ‘d take that…😊😊😊 i hope you are keeping photographs of you and your significant friends and family members as it is a very fun activity to look back and smile at every photo you had.
      Were you born already when we used to have camera films?

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      1. Yes, I actually love taking photos…my friends and I love going to the islands in hk and take pictures there, haha! I might post some in the future, actually! πŸ™‚

        Hmm, I’m not sure actually, but film cameras are sooo popular amongst my year group now actually! Everyone’s really into vintage looking things!


  7. Honestly, our phones might be full of HD photographs but the old rustic albums always hold the dearest memories.
    That’s a beautiful reminder of the same and it indeed transport us back in time.
    Beautiful emotions captured in beautiful words, as usual Mich.
    Love this❀


    1. I agree with you we have digital copies of our photographs now but the sight and the feel of an old photograph is really mesmerizing..❀❀❀


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