The hands of time
carve wrinkles into my tired face
Betraying my youth

life and responsibility rest heavily
on my shoulders
hope for tomorrow rests peacefully
on my lap

Trapped in a black and white nightmare
these young smiles add colour to my world.

©Richard Quaz Roodt(2011)

© Image: Photograph of Florence Thompson with three of her children by Dorthea Lange, 1936. Reproduced from The Commons on Flickr with use restricted to personal, educational or research purposes.


This poem is linked to d’ Openlinknight  ; PoetryJam (Picture prompt)  and Poetry Pantry #76

  1. Helen says:

    So very sad, this lovely woman ~ life so hard, no relief. Your poem reflects that beautifully.

  2. The Bug says:

    Life & responsibility resting on her shoulders – & hope in her lap. Nice!

  3. brian says:

    life and responsibility resting heavy…that line captures the feel of this picture so good…and i think many of us can relate through it…

  4. Morning says:

    The hands of time
    carve wrinkles into my tired face
    Betraying my youth

    very poetic and beautiful.

  5. Thank you for this, for the small joys you gave her, the hope resting in her lap, the vivid color of children.

  6. Margaret says:

    Their smiles… I have a feeling she was an amazing woman. Very nice write.

  7. Caty says:

    very sad…I’m glad her children can bring some joy into her hard life.

  8. Caty says:

    very sad…I’m glad her children can bring joy into her hard life

  9. Quaz says:

    Thank you Friends. This picture really moved me.

  10. Poets Rally says:

    amazing piece.

    How is your day?

    Glad to land here,
    Amazing poetic muses shared,

    Welcome joining us for poets rally week 57,
    A random poem or a free verse is okay.
    Hope to see you in.

    Happy Thursday.

  11. sweet!!!! adult life isn’t easy..parenting can soothe of course. Enjoy the rally!

  12. shail says:

    Amazing. I love the way you have interpreted the picture.

  13. cool take on the image, well done.


  14. i really like this and i think it well written

  15. A beautiful interpretation of a classic photograph. Your poem does justice to this iconic image.

  16. Heaven says:

    Indeed the picture is very moving. Your last two lines are contrasting of emotions and images ~

  17. Julie Laing says:

    Fabulous piece–particularly the ending. Thanks for sharing this one for the rally!

  18. simple yet powerful interpretation of the image…..definitely awesome…..thank you for sharing this one…..

  19. anjum wasim dar says:

    life is deeply trying for many, and time passes without relief.Great expression.

  20. claudia says:

    kids add color to the worst black and white worlds…love the hope you bring into this with your words..i’ve seen the pic around blog world a few times now but still grabs me with its depth

  21. a hard life certainly does carve lines in your face… really enjoyed this piece, my fellow poet.

  22. Life can be very hard–and you did a great job on this–the contrasts with the black and white shot and the color of the kids is great–


  23. Ravenblack says:

    Powerful lines. There’s an attitude of hope in the last line.

  24. bajanpoet says:

    This is a powerful poem. Kudos.

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