If photographs… – by Estrella Azul

Flipping through an old family album I can’t help but reflect:
if photographs could talk, they’d tell the tales behind childhood pranks, unsupervised teenage parties, achievements, relationships, friendships, dreams; reenacting celebrations and cherished events.

However, photos never could nor will they ever be capable of talking…

They can never inform us about decisions the one gazing back at us had made, nor the consequences of their actions.

Although prompting dreams of our loved ones, our longing to have things back to normal and happier memories, sorrowfully pictures can only show certain moments captured on camera from a person’s past before they pass.

At no time can photographs show us the present, and never the future.
Certainly not what happened to him ever since he vanished so many years ago…

Based on a true story.

Previous flash fiction about G.T. can be read here:
Lost dreams of a broken link and The photo in her wallet


18 Comments to “If photographs… – by Estrella Azul”

  1. Lovely sketch Estrella. And you’ve hit a deep seam-the problem of other minds. How can we ever really know what what happens to (or in the consciouness of) those close to us?

    That this is based on a true loss moves me on a deeper level.

  2. Wow, nicely written – deeply felt.

  3. They can only show that frozen moment in time that prompts our memories. Lovely.

  4. Beautifully written. Often wondered the same thing myself.

  5. @ All

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, I’m so glad to have you all here!
    This was especially hard to write, but made it happen.

  6. Hello there, Happy Fool’s Day!

    A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking. The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large.”
    Then they walk around the ranch a little and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately says, “We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows.”
    The conversation has, meanwhile, almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field. He asks, “And what are those?”
    The Aussie asks with an incredulous look, “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

  7. If only… I’m all teary now…

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