Writing With Light – Chrissie Morris Brady

Don’t ask them to smile

Chrissie Morris Brady lives on the south coast of England with her daughter. She is much travelled and has lived and worked in several countries. She gained her degrees in Psychology at USC and has worked with people of varying mental health conditions. She has been published by Bournemouth Borough Council, Plum Tree Books, Ariel Chart, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Dissident Voice.

Writing With Light

Take the photograph now.

The light will change in moments,

in murmurs, in breaths.

Don’t ask them to smile,

that is not the memory.

Take another photo, half a stop up,

again, half a stop down.

We can write with light  if we

don’t seek a pose.


The light has changed now.

So have the murmurs, the breaths.

Laughter may have died to another mood.

Capture it, the sense of it.

Fragile, the memories we keep.

The camera often lies,

but more, our uncertain minds

don’t retain what was,but rather,

what we wish it had been.


Yet we recall the things we meant to say,

or wished we could have said, or not said.

If we could have loved better, or found love

elsewhere.

Friendships that we have still are and those

we lost or ended. 

Chrissie Morris Brady

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