Things That Are Lost

Monday Morning Musings:

Sunrise Reflections, Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield

Things that are lost—

buttons, keys, a pearl earring
summer leaves, the morning light
that fades as the sun rises to its height.

Sunrise over the Delaware River at West Deptford, NJ

Shadows that follow
then disappear,
like warm-weather fruits—till next year.

A battle, a war,
a way of life from before
when then was now, the shore

of future lay ahead,
the dead were living,
at least in your head.

Autumn puddle and reflections

Memories, a laugh, a song ,
the things you wished once to do
with loved ones you once knew–

husband, father, child, wife,
a beloved pet, a favorite toy—
all the sorrow and the joy,

things that are lost –and sometimes found,

air, love, happiness, roots, connected deep underground.

Sunrise with tree silhouette

October seems a month of both beauty and melancholy. The sun rises later and set earlier, but in-between there’s a beautiful glow. We’ve had fog, rain, amazing sunrises, warm days, cold days, and more and more falling colored leaves.

This week we took a brief trip to Hammonton, NJ to pick up some olive oil and balsamic vinegar I like. I also bought cannoli for myself and our daughter (my husband didn’t want one).


We attended a memorial service for my husband’s uncle in Mt. Holly. We went to the service, talked a bit to family members, but then left without eating, as we were not comfortable sitting in the basement room with a bunch of strangers who may or may not be vaccinated. One of the hymns sung was “Amazing Grace.”

Merril’s Movie Club: We streamed three movies this week, all very different, but perhaps sharing a common theme of loss: life, dreams, love, memory. Fever Dream (Netflix) is difficult to describe, as is the novel it’s based on that I read last year. But the title is an indication. I think I liked it more than my husband did. It has a dreamy and slightly unsettling air, with much of it a voice-over between a woman and a boy who is not her son. To give a lot of detail would spoil the movie. There’s a mystery and supernatural elements, and a magical realism feel. We watched The One I Love, a 2014 movie about a couple played by Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss go for a weekend getaway at the suggestion of their therapist (Ted Danson). What looks like a rom com movie slips into the surreal. Again, I won’t give any spoilers, but it was fun, unusual, and gives you something to talk about. Finally, we watched The Black Box, a scifi/horror movie from last year on Amazon. It’s about a father who has lost his memory after an accident. When he undergoes a new treatment, strange things happen. It’s a solid B movie—entertaining and enjoyable.

42 thoughts on “Things That Are Lost

  1. I agree about October ‘a month of both beauty and melancholy’ – of things lost and found. A beautiful poem. I love those sunrises and sunsets. I’ve been enjoying them here in the fine weather 😊

  2. Your masterful
    Writing about things that are lost (and sometimes found) integrated into the photos with thoughts on autumn made this an experience – so beautiful

    And sorry about the loss of a family member

    Oh and have not had cannoli in such a long time – but Tia true swaps for pumpkin varieties

  3. Your photos are amazing. Nature definitely think of you as Her photographer 😉 Your poem is lovely too, softly melancholic, but always that hint (at least) of hope, of life continuing on, which it always does for someone. ❤

  4. May we never lose our creativity, our poetic natures, and our sense of humor (so needed these days) Lovely, lovely poem. I’m not into cannoli’s either, and I’m always amazed at the movies you watch. Courageous, indeed. I try some “unique’ ones but end up with a book instead. 🙂 OH, have I asked you yet if you’ve read THE ANTHOLOGIST by Nicholson Baker? I just read a little bit every day – it’s so RICH. And every time I pick it up (main character is a poet) I think of you.

    • Thank you very much, Pam!
      I can’t remember the last time I had a cannoli. It was delicious, but definitely not a very often treat.
      Courageous to watch movies? Probably most of the ones we see are “unique.” 🤣
      You did mention the book, and no, I haven’t read it yet. But thank you for the reminder–and for thinking of me! I can’t remember now if I looked to see if it was at my local library or not.

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