SOL Tuesday Where X marks the spot

I am learning all over again
what is dear
and beloved.

A warm summer evening
lush green grass surrounds
a reddish wood 
beneath their slow dancing feet

Cheek to brown cheek
in close and sure
so sure of every step
as if there were never
a forgetting 

I want to blush
at their embrace
I hardly know them this way
these familiar strangers
to whom I owe everything

but before me and ever
after
they remain each others'
treasures.

For a moment,
their moment
I saw where x
marks the spot.


I spent several days in search of a precious photo album which contained my favorite picture of mom and dad. It must have been 1996 or 97 when my oldest was around 3. We visited my godparents who had a house out in the ‘boondocks’ as my mother called it. Of course we had ribs and potato salad and music. When my parents got up to dance on this generous patio I snapped a photograph that has remained deep in my heart although I have only looked at it a handful of times in the many years since. Today I found the album and recovered the picture which I will now frame and hang up in our new apartment.

Photo: S. Spelic

7 thoughts on “SOL Tuesday Where X marks the spot

  1. This is so powerful and lovely! I couldn’t stop reading after “I am learning all over again
    what is dear and beloved.” To see the “X” captured in your parents embracing arms at the end was the perfect ending. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Oh… the poem is absolutely beautiful and layered with that photo. My eyes are filled with tears of love and joy. x does mark the spot. This stanza is one I could read again and again:
    I want to blush
    at their embrace
    I hardly know them this way
    these familiar strangers
    to whom I owe everything
    Thank you for sharing – I hope that poem finds a home near that photo.

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  3. What a lovely poem & memory. That picture is love, embodied. I really liked these lines, “so sure of every step/as if there were never/a forgetting ” and the stanza that Clare mentioned – gorgeous. I notice how much I appreciate the “Cheek to brown cheek” how your decision to include “brown” adds so many layers to the poem, shaping the image I saw in my mind, adding to my understanding of the speaker of the poem. I’m sure I could write more, but honestly, I keep coming back to that picture – their closeness, their arms, his smile, the way their bodies fit together – the joy that suffuses the photo is what I will remember most of all.

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    1. That picture turns out to be a very rare one among the ones I have of my parents. So often they were the ones behind the camera capturing everyone else’s moments. I feel so grateful to have held onto this one. Thank you, Amanda. It feels special to be able to share my folks with you like this.

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  4. There is so much beauty here in the poem itself – which is HARD to capture within the confines of poetry, but here you are. You’ve done it. And I love the way you capture both this charming love for your parents tinged with that embarrassment that any kid feels seeing their parents get all lovey-dovey. There’s a photo of my parents from their wedding day that makes me feel the same way. Maybe you’ve inspired me to write for them. =))

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