When Film Took More Than Time

I found this picture
of myself when I
was less than a year old-September 1981 –
in my mother’s arms, 
wading near a beach 
on the American side 
of the St. Lawrence River.
She held me by my pits 
with a smile good enough to get
my father’s attention.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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