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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Nancy Lubarsky

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School Pictures

(a Puente)

Directed to a swivel stool, she advises me
to stare at the lens edge while she tilts my
head. Smiling is optional. I hear the click.
A few weeks later the ID badge arrives.
I am frozen for a year. Hair color,
make up, air brushed imperfections.

~ a reprieve from time ~

My son's successive school pictures are
locked in a single sculpted frame. Every
year, I place the latest one in front.
Sometimes I take it from the shelf, open
the back, thumb through. Not like a
flip book, I linger on each one.