RWP NaPoWriMo #6

Six Month Photo: July 7, 1862

On her serene mother’s lap,
an infant
with wide, vacant eyes
sits, mouth agape:
a fish
stunned by the knife
sinking in
just beneath its gills.

A quiet day
to pose for posterity,
only three hundred eight
falling at Hill’s Plantation,
Woodruff County,
Arkansas.
Much the same look
on their faces
as my great grandma.

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12 thoughts on “RWP NaPoWriMo #6

  1. Hi Matt,

    Such an innocent photo, linked to such a disturbing story and statistic but one which would have had a profound affect on the lives of so many. I love the way you have worded this.

  2. I couldn’t find info apart from the civil war.
    I am assuming it was a massacre and that your ancestor
    was one of a few to survive this event. Very interesting photo and your poem conveys a subtle bitterness and sadness.

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