On the far side of camera lenses, a furl of leaves
Catch the wind and tumble to the ground like coins of gold
Catching their last glimpses of light as they are tossed into a treasure
Chest and sealed away to dusty attics filled with memories
And the fading whispers of gossip and sworn-by secrets
Locked away in diaries, guarded by old wooden window frames.
Under the cracked glass of delicate picture frames
Lies a collage of smiling faces still living beautiful memories
Of years past. If they were scattered outside into the golden
Sunlight, they would happily dance with the ensemble of leaves;
They would give every single one of their secrets
Away to the wind, and share the joy that is their only treasure.
But they are immobile, sitting patiently on top of the old treasure
Chest. The last streaks of sunset glow through the withering window frames
Falling on a ring of intricately designed keys, their majestic silver and gold
Bodies no longer sparkling; dulled by a sprinkling of dust left
Behind by years upon years of chaperoning secrets
Carefully bound with locks whose locations are now faint memories.
A small ballerina in a corner of the room, as if remembering
The season, pushes away the antique hand-painted framework
Of her chamber and begins to spin. She was once a treasured
Heirloom, but that was long ago, and the only audience she has left
Now is a room full of objects of the past, nothing but lonely secrets.
Nonetheless, she dances, sighing deeply in her heart of gold.
The sun’s rays flicker outside, and for a single golden
Moment, like the feeling of anticipation before hearing a secret,
The room lights up, glowing like a coin in a treasure
Chest. But then it fades, the glimpse of hope so quickly turns to a memory,
Tucked away in the depths of the attic. And the cracked picture frame
Meets the settling dust the way the ground meets falling leaves.
Once secrets have been whispered, their precious golden
Contents no longer contained, they become memories that are left
Behind to be treasured; seen only through lenses and frames.