Through the Lens And a Mind- A Poem


Through the lens of my human senses

I began to write these words with no offenses

Though never know how is going to end

I just want to express some feelings for our friends

Through the lens of this Minolta from the past

I can remember instant shots from my Polaroid that faded so fast

even though, my black and white photos are still with me

Through the lenses of my macro Pentax and such

I captured that moment when mother came back from service mass


Through the lens of my grandfathers savvy eyes

I was able to delve into his past late at night

scars of wars that hunted the innocent until their last days

Through Kodak and Fuji's colorful little boxes

I was able to invent a world of of yellow, green and "elky" mooses

35mm, Instamatic, 36 exposures, "vintage" numbers from the past

coming in arrays of cartridges that mentioned ISO, DIN and such

through the lens of my imagination I can go back to that dark room

come out inspired with tales of Halloween and such gloom


Through formulas for a fixer, developer adding silver screens

I was becoming aware of the complex world in sequential scenes

Through the eyes of a photographer from times long gone

I captured time, space and emotions from that roller coaster of love,

life and the biggest gift from up above: a mind of our own

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Simply beautiful work Joseph! I would say your lens is in perfect focus my friend, capturing images for a lifetime. Bravo!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Joseph, I loved this poem and was reminded of Paul Simon, Kodachrome for some reason here. I just loved thinking about all the memories indeed that I have captured with my trusty camera. Just lovely and have voted and shared too!!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I really like this Hub, Lord. I have captured memories of my lifetime for years through the eyes of different cameras. I wish I still had those old cameras that I threw away long ago? Even old movies, remember the super 8 and the super 16??? We think we will remember things but when the brain goes on "over load", it is so nice to look at photographs. I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

BTW: you do pretty good with drawing, too.

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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

A lens with a very wide angle indeed. Well done.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Billy, Janine and Mary! Yea Mary I remember them all. I believe someone will bring them back, but with a mini computer inside that will reflect the past, but controlling colors and the final exposure time. Amazingly, we still have those memories in our minds. Thanks for commenting my friends! Take care!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Yes Graham, A fish-eye macro. Those were the days! Loving mementos that will never come back, unless we recreate the moments.

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Awesome Lord, The brain cam lol !

Well done.

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Field-Of-Flowers 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

A beautifully written poem that's a delight to read! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Memories, captured in lovely, LORD.

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Yes, I remember those times, Joseph. Those were the simple days where a genuine smile had to worn 'cause those were not the days where you could instantly look how has the pix come out...

My mom still has that kind of camera :)

Thanks for taking me down the memory lanes.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Without the lens so many memories would be lost wouldn't they? These photos can take us back decades and that is where I have been going with pictures lately. It is a great journey of love, yes. Great insight. ^

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Love your poem! I did photography professionally for years and still love film and dark rooms much more than digital. Vote up!

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Extraordinary writing here, Lord! This really should be picked up by a publisher to include all of your collection of poetry. I mean seriously! Here, your words have captured our hearts with such sweet memories of long ago. When I find an old photo, the memories just come flooding back, and it's as if I am right back in that time. This is my new favorite now of your poetry. Thanks for the lovely thoughts today. I see that it has already been shared, and no wonder! Voted Way Up to the Heavens In His Love, Faith Reaper

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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Lord De Cross...Loved the poem from your mind..regardless of what camera takes the picture, there is none as the memory with which we perceived the image...

Thank you for sharing your mind thoughts...and no GPS necessary to find my way home...have a great week-end friend..

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Some lenses have a wonderfully unique view of the world, like yours! This is lovely. :)

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very clever my friend. My camera is "out of whack". You might get a kick out of it for a few days...

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Curiad! Lol! You said it right! A webcam that goes right to the moemnt we choose. Thanks for reading Mark!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Field-of-flowers, people like you and your comments keep us going. Our friends support is crucial indeed, thanks and welcome to HP, once more!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Marcoujor, writing this poem was kind of easy. Memory from the past comes to us, minute after minute. Thanks for your lovely comments, and hug back at ya!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Ruchira, you are welcome! These cameras are still in the back of our brains and like a child, they want to take us back in time. Your mom was a clever lady, I see. Much appreciated for your feedback!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Polly, sure we also look back 5o years and we manage to see an scenario, that first was in B&W, then changing gradually to an awesomely vivid image of that real world of our own.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Pickles, been there done that. Actually I have been through that old school and experienced that darkroom as a child. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there Faith Reaper. Greatly touched by your words my friend. Just amazed by your words of appreciation. Sometimes we doubt of our potentials, but we just keep on trying. Nice seeing you in here. Hope you do better tomorrow. Have a restful night!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

KjForce, that's exactly what we wanted to say: we all have our view of that past, and we share it unequivocally; we come to the conclusion that men cannot live by himself. Thanks for stopping by KJ!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Tammy! Happy Bday! Thanks for leaving a meaningful comment. You always brighten up peoples lives!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Mhatter, we do not laugh at your response, but smile at your wisdom and wit. Thanks for checking on us! See ya!

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kelleyward 4 years ago

I love how you used photography to guide this poem. Thanks for sharing!

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was unique and enjoyable to read. Sometime i get my old pictures out and go back in time. Every picture has a story attached to it. I am probably the only person alive who prefers the old Kodack instamatic color camera to the new gadget i have..Cheers..

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Such imagination, such colorful words that sprinkle light onto the canvas here they call hubpages, so digital, and oh so analog at the same time dear Lord. You are a marvelous poet as well as sensational Prose writer bro.

Awesome, Awesome, Thrice Awesome!

Thumbs up and out for making my digital day after I was done reading this cool poem, I felt like I was in it some how, and especially because I done much of what you spoke of here with my own family photo's and all. Nicely written bro.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

The very thought of this hub is so clever! Through those lens are the memories we treasure and they let us look back at those special moments in times past. As a fan of genealogy I treasure those pictures of history and this poem phrased my feelings in a very precious way. Voted awesome and shared.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Wow! that was absolutely amazing, whether it be a camera or through our own eyes we do capture some lovely memories, wonderful!

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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This is a great poem. You've got some beautiful memories there.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi KelleyWard, Thanks so much for taking your time and read, this humble creation. Have a great weekend!

@ALways Exploring, we still remember those flash bulbs that would be meeded for night time. 4 shots in one silver cube. Thanks for the votes!

@Cloud Explorer, you are also a thorough researcher of the human mind. Your pearl trees have made wonders and we congratulate on your efforts. I belong to a family of photographers and my childhood memories were instilled with physical proof (photo album). Thanks Mike!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi there Pam Oglesby, you have cvaptured the meaning behind this poem with a joy that matches ours. Thanks for your touching words! Your POV is sharp, and not out of focus.

@Nell, the memories we have, are better kept by looking at the pictures we keep from those days. Polaroid and sepia adorn our albums for a lifetime. Thanks dear friend! You are such a wonderful hubber!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Ryem from Maryland, I think our writing is supported by those views from the past. Ideas come and go, with a charade of wonderful moments that are gone. Much appreciated by your visit

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Mmmmmm...i adore a man with an active imagination! to see our lives through the lenses of our cameras - chronological, ordered, remembered! You honor your family's history beautifully, sir..

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aykianink 4 years ago

Cool poem. As always.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Everything I see through the lens of a camera inspires. Great poem and passing on.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

ImKarn23, Thanks for taking your time and read our poem.

aykianink, profoundly appreciated for your commenting and your active presence in HP

Gypsy Rose Lee, I can see you taking lots of pictures of Riga's surrounding and having a ball uploading them to HP with a new idea and a brand new hub. Thanks for always being there.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

My photos are my most precious have written about them and the wonderful memories they hold so well. Being able to look at your mother's grandmother or father's Uncle Ted often bring back fond memories of people and places. This was a great poem filled with lovely thoughts.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Mary for commenting on this poem. They don't grab much traffic, but at least they are an outlet to our mind. Glad you felt related to that past that was kept in your albums.

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Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Lord,

"I captured time, space and emotions from that roller coaster of love"

I love the view from your lens.

Voted up and away

Take care :)

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

De Lord ~ Fabulous passage through time viewed through the different lenses. I loved this unique poem. Blessings, Debby

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Sueswan, I appreciate so much your stopping by! Our lenses are reciprocal. We all can get inspired through cameras that were handed down by our parents. Thanks again!

Debby Bruck, long time no see..! Lol! You said it so right. perspective and insightful knack can make the difference between the newbie and a pro. Glad you enjoyed our Poem.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

You've captured beautiful images with your lens, Lord. And it's true that we've to cherish the moments. Sometimes we just forget that. Highlighted as one of my favorites from you and shared.

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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Joseph,

Great poem, Through the lens, i have something to keep me going today. I have a big day ahead today and i just needed such a piece to make my mind be focused. Thanks and voted up.

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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very beautiful poem, all votes up and sharing too

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi guys!

Midget38, Dwachira and dghbrh your support is overwhelming! I cannot believe myself I wrote this Poem. My backgroung in Photography did help a lot. Astonished by your commenting my friends. I'm short of words... Thanks!

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Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

A enjoyable poem with a natural feel to it. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Darrylmdavis, You are most welcome. Our lives take a new direction ever second and there is not returning back to a younger self. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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