Rochelle Ratner -- "Hide & Seek "


"If only I were photogenic"
they wrote as a caption.

Well, damnit,
what do you expect
the way he's holding me
with my feet bunched
out in front, my whole body
tipping forward.

Hurry up, Mom.
You should have learned
how to use that camera
before I got up here.
I'm going to fall any second
while you stand there
trying to focus.

"If only I were photogenic"
and, on another picture
"I'm still being taken
for a boy."

I guess they thought
at least someday I'll look back
and smile at the captions.

Copyright © 1997 by Rochelle Ratner.

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