THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER
He wants to take my picture
but he’s unsure whether or not
my stomach should be included.
It’s no secret.
My puffy face is a little pregnant too.
No matter where his camera
cuts my baby off,
the final shot will have a baby in it.
He moves me outside.
Sunlight, tall grass, wildflowers –
maybe he sees me
as some kind of earth mother.
I can just imagine his thoughts.
“So what if she’s no longer pretty.
She’s giving in a different way –
like the soil, like the sun.
She’s part of the landscape.”
I take that in
and still find the strength to smile.
He’s an amateur photographer -
on the lookout for local color,
is how he puts it.
I’m color in his eyes.
So what if I’m expecting a baby.
He snaps away
for as long as we’re willing to pose.
Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. Her work has been published in Pennsylvania English, Harbinger Asylum, Petrichor Machine and Madcap Poets.