Pictures on the Mantle by olivetreeann

Pictures on the Mantle

Pictures on the mantle
They tell a story of me
A family spans the ages
Like branches on a tree

From heritage to legacy
From the past and yesterday
The promise of tomorrow
The joy of memories

I often like to look at them
When the morning sun shines in
To feel the love of family
That never does grow dim

As often as a picture
Is looked upon with love
Its story does continue
And its message carries on

Pictures on the mantle
A river flowing on
A sense of where I've come from
And who I have become

I think I'm overloading on sentimentality! But I'm almost caught up with my self-stories photos so I thought I'd give you a break on those long essays!!
Nice shot, Ann and great poem as well. It suits the photo quite nicely.
September 11th, 2014  
This is so charming! I love that poem and that is so charming & wonderful shot, love how you have the pics laid out!
September 11th, 2014  
Such thoughtful presentation and decor...Family photos are the best way to decorate. :) When you look at the fireplace, you'll have a warm body and a warm heart! :) Inspired composition (photo and poem). :)
September 11th, 2014  
Great shot and a beautiful and lovely poem.
September 11th, 2014  
Wonderfully composed.
September 12th, 2014  
Lovely shot. There is such a warm feel to this photo.
September 12th, 2014  
@prttblues @susale @gratefulness @pyrrhula @altadc @daisymiller

Thank you Bev, Suse, Sandi, Prryhula, Alta and Daisy. I appreciate your kind words on my little ditty and these special treasures on my mantle.
September 12th, 2014  
I love the display of the family memories. Once I manage to get our living room painted I have old family photos that I had put into old Frames that I will be displaying too. I love to have memories like that live on in clear sight, so the kids can grow up knowing of their origin & roots
September 12th, 2014  
Great display with perfect processing for the feeling of family and ancestry.
September 12th, 2014  
@digitalrn Thanks Rick! I agree- I know that my younger son and his wife are always looking at pictures with their boys and talking about them. It helps when families are so spread out.
@taffy Thanks Taffy! I am and always have been interested in that aspect of my family.
September 12th, 2014  
I really like this shot and the poem that goes with it. Did you write it? You are a lady of many talents.
September 13th, 2014  
@skstein Thank you Sandy! Yes, I did write it but I'm not sure it's one of my best! I just couldn't face writing another essay for the self-stories theme so it was a bit of a cop-out!
September 13th, 2014  
Lovely photo and great poem!
September 14th, 2014  
@vesna0210 Thank you Vesna!
September 14th, 2014  
I think I need more mantles. Or maybe 365 is our community mantle.
September 14th, 2014  
This sentimental soul LOVEs this poem with the wonderful image! I, too, have a couple old photos on the mantle...would love to add more as you've done. There never seems to be enough room for mementos and treasures! (Spoken as one who has never ever been a minimalist!)
June 25th, 2015  
@pandorasecho Thank you Dixie! And what an eloquent thought! Wow- I just realized you left that comment last year! Sometimes I miss these things and I really don't know how!
@Weezilou Thank you so much Louise! The one on the far left is particularly special- hand carved wood. It came from my grandmother's house and is my grandfather's father's father (my great great grandfather).
June 25th, 2015  
Ann, I've my laptop and an RCA TV screen next to each other. the picture open on both. I type on a separate keyboard. the reason for it, years ago my laptop got almost busted on a flight and ever since then, the screen is only partial clear. the rest is all black and green. now when the pictures come up, the color looks different on each screen. on the laptop your wall is a little more subdued and looks better in my humble opinion. love the combination of all your displays, they harmonize quite well with your wallhanging.I loved reading your peom.
June 26th, 2015  
@bruni Thanks Bruni! It is really odd that the color turned this yellow in the processing. You would probably like the true color as it is a very light beige. I really wanted a light golden buttery color but hubby wasn't too keen on it. We thought the swatch we picked out was more of a wheat color. Oh well!
June 27th, 2015  
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