I was looking through some

old photographs when I came across

the most perfect picture I have ever taken,

if the truth be known it probably took me,

as I looked at it the memories swam back

like a great tanker emerging from the sea mist,

the picture was of a sunset reflected on a wet beach,

deep blues, orange and gold, dark sand and black kelp,

captured on holiday during what was, without a doubt,

the most dreadful and painful period of my life

but as I looked down at it I felt no pain, no regret,

I saw only beauty and all I felt was gratitude.