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Brightening Sepia Stares (a poem)

posted Jan 20, 2020, 4:57 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Jan 31, 2020, 5:17 AM ]

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted January 20th, 2020

    Brightening Sepia Stares

    Some say... 

    if two people

    spend enough time together,

    they begin to look alike.

    I always thought it would take decades,

    that maybe,

    one day, 

    I’d see an old couple out walking

    and mistake them

    for brother and sister.

    Now, though,

    I question all previous theories,

    looking at an old

    sepia-toned photograph

    of a newlywed couple


    instead of matching 

    his tie to her bridesmaids’ dresses,

    seems to have matched

    his eyes to hers,

    her nose to his,

    his cheekbones to hers.


    the old cameras

    are to blame,

    for not one figure

    in one photo

    reveals a trace 

    of the slightest facial imperfection.

    Even an elderly woman’s wrinkles

    appear almost nonexistent,

    to the point where

    she could be mistaken