I found a picture of me
tucked into a book I borrowed.
I was shocked by the directness of my gaze,
for I usually look down or sideways
and put on a half-closed smile.
I'd forgotten how I look without sallow skin
or black circles around my eyes,
And for once I didn't look awkward or shy.
I even seemed to fit in
with the cute stereotypes around me.
For some reason, this Polaroid gives me hope,
and you might not get it back.