a false image in a photographic negative

Webster’s Dictionary

A roll of film, shot but undeveloped,

found in a drawer. In darkness

and a chemical bath, forgottem images

emerge from shadow. The dog still alive,

myself before my hair turned silver,

the spirit of the boy. The spectre of time

stops – the Game lasts forever.

Pitch, hit, catch and run. His face

a picture of determination and defeat.

In these images, no prescient trace of all

we would have to let go of,

what would come in its place –

what would haunt us.