You are beautiful.
Three words, a simple statement on a common magnet.
Yet, so much kindness with this gesture.
Framed by the fresh feeling of being me, but
with the freedom to be someone else.
My chance for raw expression in the exposure of your lens.
Is it strange that that vintage camera gave me the most comfort?
Its character and quality used to capture
so many previous faces, bodies, and moments.
This camera that has seen so much,
now angled to capture me
in this moment.
Spine resting against
the cool leather chair,
as my head tilts towards you
Legs stretched out in their length,
with slight bend at the knee.
Feet resting on ruby heels.
The outside tree creates a tango of shadows
on the hardwood and across the deerskin rug
as the evening light pours through the window frame.
Cars can be heard passing by three stories below.
But they are in their own separate world,
missing this moment that is mine.
Rachel Michael is a physician based in Toledo, Ohio. Her love for arts and literature have inspired her to begin writing. She writes poetry and fictional short stories, and is looking forward to sharing her words in future publications.