Hallway Portraits

Hallway Portraits
You had portraits made of yourselves
gifting a set to each of us
everyone wondering where
will those pictures go?
Digital portraits are easiest
viewed on camera screens
or placed in electronic storage closets
crammed full and rarely seen
Now you two are on the wall
displacing some other images
from somewhere or some moment
I don’t recall
In the hall your eyes
track our days of passing glances
I don’t stop to talk to pictures
but I might hear you anyway
Your gift took some planning
making a hair appointment
fussing with what you’d wear
getting a ride to the portrait gallery
I’m standing in the hallway
it’s quiet, the house is locked tight
and just before ascending the stairs
you may have whispered, “Good night.”          

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