amateur photographer

he is an amateur
taking snapshots
of beauty
simple perfections
forgotten behind
the flashes

they smile
for the camera
the invisible man
who is never
in the frame

no one notices
the loneliness
of the photographer
relegated to being
just a spectator
unimportant except
for the constant
in which he tries
to make them smile
to get that one
perfect shot

he is not there
becomes so natural
eventually he just
ceases to exist

an amateur
no longer a part
of the life
he strives to capture
where even the smiles
become aimed
at someone else
he is forgotten
as the world
passes him by

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