Was it the best find ever?
My husband loves to rummage around boot sales
His passion, old cameras. He was in luck today
He found an old Zenith camera
Complete with a faded brown map
And three photographs.
I managed to spot Paris and Rome
couldn’t make out the third photo
Before my husband snatched up the box
Asked the lady how much and paid thirty pounds.
Without looking further, he decided it was time to go home
Luckily, I didn’t want to find a treasure of my own.
He drove us home, driving me mad at the same time
As he became a twelve-year-old, excited over a present
An aging aunt might have brought.
I had seen him flip the back of the camera open
the film roll inside might have something viable to print.
He thought the Russian Zenith and map could be from the forties
I knew where his mind had gone, 007 spy stories!
A couple of hours later, I found him slumped in his favourite armchair,
looking like an old tire with the air let out.
The prints were pegged on his line and heard myself say OMG.
The prints were very blue, exotic
Not the spy story he had been hoping for after all.
One of the old prints turned over under his lamp
had the beginnings of something written there
Could it be the spy story he had been hoping to find?