The first time I saw you, I took a mental picture
In it, we stood together holding hands

With both of our minds and hearts connected
Aspirations for our life together danced in our eyes
Hopes and Dreams we once had for ourselves immediately changed
They twisted around each other and all became one
One wish that would grow as we grew together, grew closer

But that didn't happen, we never grew, we never twisted, we just never connected
Our relationship never blossomed because it never got started
Like a flower that never bloomed, like a door that never opened, a step never taken
You weren't the one that got away, you weren't the one that I let go
I never took that mental picture to the photo lab
So you are the one that should have been
My undeveloped roll of film
Font size:
Collection  PDF     

Submitted on June 22, 2012

Modified on March 22, 2023

43 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 758
Words 143
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 2, 5, 7

Discuss the poem Polaroid with the community...



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "Polaroid" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 20 May 2024. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/82125/polaroid>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    More poems by

    Sean Guard


    May 2024

    Poetry Contest

    Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.

    Special Program

    Earn Rewards!

    Unlock exciting rewards such as a free mug and free contest pass by commenting on fellow members' poems today!

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    The word "poetry" is from the Greek term "poiesis", which means?
    A Writing
    B Saying
    C Reading
    D Making