Poem: The Selfie

The Selfie

By Dave Hood

Beneath the tall glass and concrete buildings
peering down at a crowd of passing strangers
in the core of an overcrowded city,
in a rush through the shadows on the street,
while yellow cabs, public street cars,
various models of automobiles speed past,

a young, attractive woman, taking a break
from the hectic pace of corporate office work,
sits on a concrete bench in a public square
during lunch hour, between two male co-workers.

While her companions gaze at various people on the street—
two middle-aged women carrying shopping bags,
gabbing and laughing as if sharing some humour,
a boy standing, delighting in the cool, sweet taste of an ice cream cone,
A gaggle of tourists appreciating and discussing the meaning
of the abstract sculpture of a reclining figure by Henri Moore

—the woman removes a smartphone from her leather purse,
turns away from her male companions,
smiles at the device as if gazing into a mirror
in the privacy of her bedroom,
then captures several photographs of herself.

A few feet away, standing alone, smoking a pipe,
balancing with his cane, oblivious to the digital age of postmodernism,
recalling the days when he took photographs of his loving wife
with his Polaroid camera, now deceased after a long battle with cancer,
a lonely, elderly man, desiring to share a conversation with someone,
catches sight of this young, attractive woman,
admiring herself as she’s smiling, snapping photographs
with her portable smartphone.

Immediately, he thinks: She’s like the Greek God Narcissus,
admiring and gazing at his own reflection in the mirror,
in love with himself.

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About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
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