Sorting scores of memories

Joyful moments and mysteries

I came upon this picture – old

And find its story is not told


Who is this charming child?

Who is coaxing her to smile?

What is the picture-taking occasion?

Her attempted composure is amazing!


Name, family, date, or age?

No message left to set the stage.

Only her beauty is still shown;

Alas, her story is not known.


Word prompt – untold – by Eugi https://amanpan.com/category/eugis-prompts/

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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8 Responses to UNTOLD – AND LOST

  1. Adelheid says:

    I thought it’s you until I read the poem.

  2. Eugi says:

    Awww, what a touching story. I thought it was you at first. Thank you for joining in and Merry Christmas, Oneta!

  3. Merry Christmas. Old photos are so nice but lack of context can be frustrating

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, I love old relics, but I do long for the history that they have seen. I believe it might have been a picture my mom found somewhere; then kept it to inspire a painting. I put it on FB. Maybe someone in my family will see it there and identify it.

  4. Salvageable says:

    As an archivist, I deal with photographs like that often. Sometimes my detective work finds a name and other scraps of a life story; more often, the person in the picture remains anonymous. J.

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