Girl in the picture


By Annette Marie Hyder

I am not that girl in the picture

no.
You know how film can make you look 10 lbs heavier
and how an artist can paint the freckles on your soul
that you thought no one could see?
 
The light in photography can cup the face,
the derriere, voluptuously —
can limn, with shadows cast, strength and boldness
where none appeared to be.
 
I like the challenge in those eyes
the confident thrust of hip and thigh.
The hair that frames that face by turns angel
halo gold and dirty blond comes closest
to delineating me.
 
But I am not that girl
although she looks a lot like me.

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