The photographer improves on reality
or helps it along. With brighter lighting
on the far side of your face,
he makes you look thinner.
He checks what shines,
adjusts what’s out of place.
Diffused light and special lenses
soften your imperfections. Retouching
corrects the errors of nature.
The resulting photo on your wall
depicts your better-looking twin,
who looks as you would look
if life and your own demanding nature
treated you more kindly.