Photo Fables #35 – For Alicia Benton


The Fortunate Artist wrote this photo fable for me. If you have never visited Finn’s site, please do it now (http://fortunateartist.wordpress.com/). She has an amazing and beautiful gift that she so selflessly shares with the world. I am blown away by her ability to look at a photograph and turn it into words. She has done an incredible job, and I’m in awe of her talent. Thank you, Finn, for your gift to me!

The Fortunate Artist

Alicia Benton

Photo Credit: Alicia Benton of Imperfectly Perfect

This is what you call “the finishing touches”
This is that final chocolate shaving on the cake
The last blotting of red lipstick
The quick glance in the mirror before the big date

I smile because the camera is on me
But all I want to do is give into my shaky breath
Surrender to the singing in my heart

This is the day
It is not mine
Or yours
Not even ours
This day belongs to everyone
To all those who have come to stand with us
Laugh, sing, eat, dance, and celebrate what we have

And what we have is the kind of love that needs waterproof mascara

I know that there will be tears of every single kind
I knew it the moment I laid eyes on you
You were honest and real
You would bring me sadness, pain, anger

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