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Annie lines the walls -
Photographs of what was.
You and she so long ago;
Paris, 1982, a still from
a Godot. She clings to
you with all the insecurity
and naïveté of youth, not
yet knowing the impossible
is possible. That one day
you will part and all promises
made will shatter like so much
wedding china. Annie at 25,
her bridal whites flowing,
face aglow she sees you,
though not there, I see
you too, waiting and unsure
at aisle’s end. You sign
the dotted line. Tell yourself,
tell her, it will work.

Years now gone and it
is I with whom you bed.
Our walls are barren of
wedding pictures, of starry
eyed youth in black and white.
No. Instead we simply live.
No approximation needed.
I see you, no poor facsimile,
no gelatin backed print.
Married now again, I wonder,
does she mourn you? Beneath,
are the new honeymoon
snaps of the new husband.
He who bears slight resemblance,
yet is born of the same
blooded land as i.

Once upon a time he and i
dreamed and saw the same
Scottish sky. Our feet rooted
on our land, never once
did we imagine we’d be here.
He, now wed to Annie.
Me, now wed to you.
Had he and I borne witness
to the same high cloud-pass.
Two lives so linear intersect,
not once, but twice. I wonder
now who dreams, who sees
the same sky as I, who one
day will take what is mine,
and if this comes to pass,
with what I’ll line my walls,
knowing that it will be
to Annie that I’ll fall,
my sad, strange sister.
My only fated friend.

Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti

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The following comments are for "annie's photographs"
by sadijane

Absolutely riveting!
Sadijane, this was so poignant and at the same time fascinating! I was riveted from beginning to end...a fine piece of writing.


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: December 24, 2004 )

thanks for reading Bea, i know it's a long poem and i hope it conveys the situation as complex as it is. it seems you like you got it okay, so hopefully others will too. it just sort of came out this one and i trusted that. thanks for your comments and for reading... i'll be posting some more poems soon when things are less busy here.

best wishes to you ...


( Posted by: sadijane [Member] On: December 24, 2004 )

Made me cry

( Posted by: Georgie [Member] On: December 26, 2004 )

i'm sorry this made you cry. that makes me feel rotten, certainly was not my intent, though it is a bit of a sad poem. but the good part is that you realize that all four people involved still found love and found love even each for the other... at least, that is what i was trying to convey. Annie is a sad character in many ways, no doubt (i created her, so i should know). She mourns the past aznd so misses what is happening ow in the present, in the future. No doubt, Annie would be better served by moving on. That is the point of the poem, to me, to illustrate how in so many ways, Annie is rather stuck. That much IS sad...

It is melancholy, but if i think about it, then i'll start bawling and crying too... so i'll leave it at this.

Many, many thanks to everyone for reading and judging my work. i'm always grateful for constructive comments as they help me grow, change, evolve. So far, everyone who has commented on my work has had something useful and beneficial to say and i'm truly grateful to you and to for providing such a great forum. Flame comments are ignored, as they are not constructive, but so far so good...

wishing everyone well, and all the very very best...


( Posted by: sadijane [Member] On: December 26, 2004 )

it's ok i need to cry more often

( Posted by: Georgie [Member] On: December 27, 2004 )

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