a new family car becomes the occasion

this negative from an old box brownie
perhaps                                       enlarged

in the darkroom
an image ripples in the tray

who is that shadow in the foreground?

my mother in her calf length dress
stretches across the running board

my brother is a halo of blonde baby hair
the photographer absent yet present

where was I when I had not yet existed?

a suggestion                                    waiting
to swim into development


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