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A Negative Experience

by Chris Sorrenti

A lifetime’s worth of experiences
carefully layered in multiple shoe boxes
the majority printed out years ago
while the more recent digitalized only
for social media

Now in retirement the opportunity
to sort through and label them
the dark emulsion-coated perforated plastic
protected in clear cellophane jackets
always careful to hold them gently by their edges

Despite waning eyesight
with readers upon nose and magnifying glass
held up at the right distance
to the backdrop of sunlight
so many people places and events
lives touched and touched back
in the snap of a long lineage of camera shutters
negatives that happily became positive exposures

© 2015

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Author's Note: Black’s, Canada’s largest camera chain, announced last week that after 85 years, it is going out of business, another victim of the digital revolution.

Posted on 06/17/2015
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/20/15 at 01:57 AM

Nicely done. I like being able to relate to this and marvel, still, at having the ease of the digital camera age where you don't have to count your exposures (that little window on the camera with that little important number). Great last three lines.

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