A beautiful process

by DRM

Lines Depicting Simple Happiness

The shine on her buckle took precedence in sun
Her shine, I should say, could take me anywhere
It feels right to be up this close in tight wind
It feels right to notice all the shiny things about you
About you there is nothing I wouldn’t want to know
With you nothing is simple yet nothing is simpler
About you many good things come into relation
I think of proofs and grammar, vowel sounds, like
A is for knee socks, E for panties
I is for buttondown, O the blouse you wear
U is for hair clip, and Y your tight skirt
The music picks up again, I am the man I hope to be
The bright air hangs freely near your newly cut hair
It is so easy now to see gravity at work in your face
Easy to understand time, that dark process
To accept it as a beautiful process, your face

-Peter Gizzi

You protest when I take a photo of you but you don’t understand where I go when the editing program opens and I tweak the light and push the contrast and smooth out the grains.  You think I’m touching up, erasing the imperfections.  That’s not what I’m doing.  The photograph isn’t you until I find you inside it, and every picture I have of you is the start of an exploration.  It is a beautiful process, and you are the only one in the world who gives me that gift.

Happy Valentine’s Day.