December 7, 2009

Beth Camp

—Harry Rubin, immigrant from Kiev, Russia, ca. 1905

The Oracle

What oracle speaks
from fading family photographs?
Even the handsome man
with a small dark bow tie,
his blond moustache
combed and curled,
has enigmatic eyes.
Who stands next to whom?
Who touches the loved one,
as if she or he would fly away
in a wind so unexpected
that stories need to be invented?
Generations later, what memories
do we breathe in,
what histories do we invent?


Beth Camp writes poetry and is working on a novel set in 19th Century Scotland. Currently in Costa Rica, she writes of her travels here and her writing, here.

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