Summary of ‘A Photograph’
(By: Shirley Toulson)
This poem begins with poet’s holding a cardboard and recollecting the memories of her mother and latter’s sea holiday. According to the poet, her mother was 12 years old at that time and had gone to a sea holiday with her cousins namely Betty and Dolly along with their uncle who was clicking their pictures. They all were enjoying, paddling and smiling through their hair while their uncle was taking up their pic.
Now the poet recalls the moment when her mother’s picked up that photograph twenty or thirty years later and blamed Betty and Dolly for her dress which she had worn during that sea holiday. She would always look at the photo and wished that she could get her that time back.
The poet mentions about the difference between the sea and the transient feet of her mother and her cousins. According to her, the sea remains unchanged whereas her mother is gone who would never come back again. For her mother, her sea holiday was her past and for the poet, her mother’s laughter was her past which will never return.
At the end of the poem, the poet expresses her inability to share anything with readers. On this circumstance, she has nothing to say. She likes to keep calm and remain lost in her mother’s memory who is no more in this world.
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