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This is a Photograph of Me ~ Margaret Atwood


It was taken some time ago.
At first it seems to be
a smeared
print: blurred lines and grey flecks
blended with the paper;
then, as you scan
it, you can see something in the left-hand corner
a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree
(balsam or spruce) emerging
and, to the right, halfway up
what ought to be a gentle
slope, a small frame house.
In the background there is a lake,
and beyond that, some low hills.
(The photograph was taken
the day after I drowned.
I am in the lake, in the center
of the picture, just under the surface.
It is difficult to say where
precisely, or to say
how large or how small I am:
the effect of water
on light is a distortion.
but if you look long enough
eventually
you will see me.)

© Margaret Attwood


image credit: “Brooklyn Museum – Green Mountains, Lake Champlain – Winckworth Allan Gay – overall” by Winckworth Allan GayOnline Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.137_bw.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Via marineplusvt.com

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