To The Subject of Every Photo Taken Before 1900
What dragged the sides of your mouth down-down-down?
Bad dental work?
Did the papparazzi say “a little less smiley?"
Dark secrets? Rotten plums?
Did you want something from a noncommittal lover?
Was desire suffering? Isn’t it still?
Did you think you’re the doer?
Or were you a backward thinker in a forward thinking world?
Were you alone mixing medications with metaphors
or were you alone with your next thought continued on page 47?
Too many questions right?
What the hell was there to smile about anyways?