Photograph

She takes a photograph
in her hand and then
she strokes the face
of the man before her.
Smaller than real life,
his face grins back
warmly and invitingly. The
girl smiles back although
the man's look was not
intended for her. She brushes
a lock of dark hair back from
her forehead, and sighs. Then
she puts the photograph
down. Lighting a cigarette,
she picks up her romance novel
and then tries to forget the
man in the picture. She drops
the book and
cries.