POEM: photograph

photograph

she is looking away from the camera
one pierced ear, the suggestion
of her nose, a pale cheek

languorous curve of the jaw
sliding down into the neck
as it disappears below the frame

hair — long, dark, shining in the
studio lighting — meeting the
jawline like a wave against the beach

a cameo carved out of light and
shadow and film, an unrepeatable
combination of atoms stopped

on the page, a single moment
trapped like an insect in amber
lost to time, untouchable

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21 January 2014
State College, PA

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