Becoming a Polaroid
Andrew Schenkus is currently a Senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School. He lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan and plans to attend college in the city of Chicago.
The bright flash dignifies
The encapsulation of a moment on a two by three slip of plastic
Whose corners are caught between thumb and finger.
The photo dries and the white fades
Into an image
As I lean my head closer
And let my eyes drip into the inks of the photograph
The colors of skin and hair and eyes coalesce to form a memory
Every detail is static
The phantom winds blow
And the waves crash silently
And the plants grow.
And the people don’t move,
But a moment comes alive.