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Through the Lens And a Mind- A Poem

Updated on October 17, 2012

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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

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

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Very beautiful poem, all votes up and sharing too

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 5 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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    Michelle Liew 5 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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Debby Bruck 5 years ago

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

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    Sueswan 5 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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Mary Craig 5 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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 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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    aykianink 5 years ago

    Cool poem. As always.

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    Karen Silverman 5 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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Ryem 5 years ago from Maryland

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

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    Nell Rose 5 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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    Pamela Oglesby 5 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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    Mike Pugh 5 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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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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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    kelleyward 5 years ago

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

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

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

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Martin Kloess 5 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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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

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

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    kjforce 5 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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    Faith Reaper 5 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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    picklesandrufus 5 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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    Pollyannalana 5 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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    Ruchira 5 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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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Memories, captured in lovely, LORD.

    Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria

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    Field-Of-Flowers 5 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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    Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Awesome Lord, The brain cam lol !

    Well done.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    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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    Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

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


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    Mary Hyatt 5 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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    Janine Huldie 5 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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    Bill Holland 5 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!