The author photo

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The author photo

 

Front on, full faced and smiling

at my age, is inadvisable,

I tried it this morning on my phone

alas without an airbrush and

undaunted, I tried again

 

something more serious, more

fitting of a writer perhaps, I

turned sideways, hoping my profile

would be interesting or mysterious

alas the phone has no filter

 

I was certain though, this could be

managed somehow with careful

placement of my head at the right

angle adjacent to books of course

looking authorly my glasses on

 

alas I blame my phone the camera

it’s tricky to get the perfect light

if I wait awhile it might come right

but wrong again, with every click

I’m forced to face the truth of it

 

That look, that sidelong interrogation

the mysterious faraway insightful side-on

almost smile but not so blatant with

chiselled chin and cheekbones eludes

both the phone, and my ambition

 

I’ll have to settle for the loving

Smile at me darling, you look lovely

From my beloved photographer

who doesn’t see my necklines

ignores my crooked mouth

 

and doesn’t understand when

I’m disappointed with the photo

he takes, me thinking there must be

a better version surely, and that

I could look authorly eventually

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The author photo

  1. Peter Farrell

    The Author Photo is a lovely poem Maggie.It has just the right touch together with your trademark incisive observations. Kevin Ireland wrote a poem called A Guide to Perfection which tackles the same teritory but from a completely different point of view. Your poem and his make good companion pieces.

    Peter F

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  2. Trish Lui

    Thank you Maggie – beautifully written. I love this. Reminds me of my recent attempts at trying to get a passport photo I was happy with.

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