Smiles

Smiles short poem

for Joan

There was the smell,
the smell of film,
as I popped the lid,
removed it from
its plastic canister,
and loaded it,
all fingers and thumbs,
threading the leader,
winding it on,
praying it had caught,
but scared to open the camera
for fear of spoiling it.

I guessed at focus and exposure,
each click captured a slice of light,
but I never knew for certain
if, by skill or luck,
I had caught that Kodak moment,
until weeks later when I opened
the envelope,
like a Christmas present,
hoping that it wasn’t
blank, or blurred, or beheaded,
and was rewarded
with a smile
that I valued enough
to write the name
of it’s owner on the back
and stick it
in an album
full of smiles.

This poem is part of the Poetry Book Black Eyed Peace

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Irish poet, who spent his early years in Belfast and now lives in Coleraine with his wife and 2 children. His first collection "Thomas" was published by Lapwing in 2005, and his second collection "Black Eyed Peace" has just been published. It is available as either a free eBook or in traditional printed format. His work has been widely published in magazines, anthologies, and on-line. His work has also been broadcast and published by the BBC and a number of his poems have achieved competition success. He has been involved with the Ballymoney Writers for over 15 years and has edited and published 3 collections of their work.
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