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.



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