Posing For Photographs – D S Maolalai

the way I like it best
is this one they do
where I’m taken
straight on
like a picture
for a passport
but with a glass
propped up
to my mouth. it happens sometimes
naturally
and sometimes
unnaturally
but when it does
I tend to come out
looking good. what I like
the least
is taken in side profile – my chin
is sharper than most peoples –
it comes down
in a straight line
with my forehead
like a spider
dangling on a line.
and rocky. but it’s natural too,
usually. so I guess
that’s what I look like; my head
altogether
not something
to photograph. something instead
which breaks iron
and could be used
like an anvil

D S MAOLALAI is a poet from Ireland who has been writing and publishing poetry for almost 10 years. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press, and he has a second collection forthcoming from Turas Press in 2019. He has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Image via Pixabay

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