the fauxtograph

a picture’s worth a thousand words

or so the story goes

yet whether those thousand words tell the truth

not even the negative knows

are you a vibrant comic

or a black-and white cynic?

at least we can tell

if you’re photogenic

look smart when you aren’t

and serious though you’re silly

the die for impressions

is cast willy-nilly

why the long face

when you’re not even sad?

and who’s to say that one’s good

and that’s bad?

are you a fake

and are you a faux?

not even the camera

and negative know