this picture, taken without a flash- poetry by John Rodzvilla

this picture, taken without a flash

The instructions said,

“Always use the flash.”

We thought five lights

Would be enough.

You aimed the Polaroid,

Which I gave you as a gift.

And shot.

I stood naked, covering

my face with my hands.

When the picture appeared

I was nowhere to be found.

We wondered if it was

the camera or me.

John Rodzvilla teaches at Emerson College in Boston. His work has appeared in Harvard Reviewgorse, DecomP, Verbatim and Bad Robot Poetry.


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