Raise her by the strings.

Head erect, close to yours,

and raise the mouth

at the edges. Skip the eyes –

no one will notice

if everyone’s smiling.

Raise your hand steady, point 

at the both of you with

that careful aim, pause 

for the click

put your arm around her

and wait for the recoil.


(inspired, if that’s even the word, by a picture I saw of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie this morning)