– By Linda Wagner –
Red, blue, gray, green
four notebooks, four stories
treasured pages of life, death,
live forever in them.
Priceless faded photographs
my young mother laughing,
early ancestors dressed in black.
Time remains as it was;
we alone have changed.
I see loved ones, search their faces,
calling me home at twilight or
singing hymns of praise.
Records of passage
for grandparents I never knew,
pressed between images of
names and numbers on granite,
bearing witness to their existence.
My fingers touch images of the past,
and awaken a memory in my heart.
I cherish those who came before,
who walked, smiled, cried
and dreamed of tomorrow.
- “Life Preservers” was published in the Greensboro Writers’ Guild’s most recent publication, “From the Inkwell IV: Flights of Imagination.” Linda Wagner is an avid genealogist, living in Madison.