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Portraits of Living

She saw them in prayer at supper,
close to the end of the day,
their lives from early recorded,
when romance and attraction held sway.

Their portraits reflected a family;
she saw the swirl of their life.
Dinner under the chandelier's twinkle,
a cheerful time for husband and wife.

Each partner in solitude dreaming,
a child being held on a knee.
Who would think of grandparent-hood coming,
the heads bowed in prayer gratefully.

The times in between she would picture,
their hopes and their dreams coming true.
She saw in their portraits a life lived,
as she kindly wishes for all of you.

09/03/2016 Carol Welch
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