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by llydstp 

Posted: 04 March 2004
Word Count: 60
Summary: A friend of mine - a jazz piano player named Harry who is now in his seventies, is married to a Polish lady named Sophie (Zafia in Polish). Yesterday he brought me an old album of photographs of her taken when she was in her twenties and was living in Warsaw. "Doesn't she look like Ingrid Bergman?" he asked me proudly. This inspired me to write the poem.

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A book of black and white photographs
But not old enough to fade
Made in Poland
When the communists sold photographic stuff
Cheap but quality unsure
"Doesn't she look like Ingrid Bergman?" He asks
Her hero
"More beautiful than Ingrid" I reply
Seeing eternity in her smile
Rick’s Place
With Harry at the piano
Not Sam

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Fearless at 15:36 on 04 March 2004  Report this post
A moving testament to a serenely beautiful woman. Reminded me of the photographs I was looking at in the family albums yesterday from the 1940s. Thanks,


miffle at 15:51 on 04 March 2004  Report this post
I have had a similar experience looking through my Grandma's picture of her and my Grandpa ( a Navy lad) when they were courting, 1940s. I was similarly moved by this - little touches like '...not old enough to fade', 'Her Hero' - lifted the moment to life for me.


meant 'pictures'

Skeetr at 16:59 on 04 March 2004  Report this post

Alovely moment, captured well.


llydstp at 17:32 on 04 March 2004  Report this post
Thank you all for your lovely comments. If anyone would like to see one of the pictures that inspired this, please E-mail me at llydstp@aol.com and I will E-mail you a copy.
Best wishes,

roovacrag at 20:17 on 04 March 2004  Report this post
Steve loved this and yes i inherited black and white from the was even as early as the early 1800.
Have many on my walls.
I also remember a lot of polish people coming here after the war as they had no country to go back to.
I will e mail you as I love what is our history.
Thank you for sharing this.

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