This entry is part 58 of 78 in the series Toward Noon: 3verses

First phoebe of spring.
He flutters in front of me,
drawn by a slow fly.

In my email, a copy
of a tintype portrait
I sat for last August—

that still moment
five seconds long,
that black box.


Here’s a scan of the portrait, and here’s Rachel’s portrait. Alastair Cook was the photographer — here’s his website. I blogged about the experience: “Ancestral photography.”