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TWO PHOTOS

Two photos of two people…taken as World War II began

The woman…was quite beautiful…and handsome was the man.

 

Two people I would come to know…two photos my brother had…

Two photos of the man and woman who would become my mom and dad. 

 

Two photos taken years ago in two long forgotten places

Two photos of them smiling…was that youth upon their faces?

 

Two faces filled with promise…I wonder…what were they like before…

before I came to know them…before they both were called to war.

 

Before they witnessed death and bloodshed…before the holocaust…

Before Dad’s hearing was affected and Mom’s innocence was lost…

 

Two photos of two people who never talked about the war…

Were they frightened? Were they brave?

Two photos of two people…who took their stories to their graves…

 

So many questions go unanswered…and remain unanswered forevermore

So many family histories altered…a sad casualty of war.

 

Two photos of two people…two photos I’ve never seen before…

I wonder: what would their lives have been like…if there never was a war?

 

Two photos of Mom and Dad in their uniforms…

like so many photos from long ago…

How different would our world have been?

Another question goes unanswered…for that…

 

we’ll never know.


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