Camera shy

Why is it that on photographs
My friends all seem much thinner,
While I appear as if
I ate an elephant for dinner?

My clothing says I’m not too bad,
And, with elastication,
There’s still a bit of growing room
To suit my generation.

Why is it that the years
Have been much kinder to their faces,
While I seem full of blurry bits
And wrinkles in odd places?

The mirror doesn’t paint me
Looking older than creation!
Or is that wishful thinking?
And a good imagination?

But does it really matter
If the laughter leaves its trace?
Or if with age our figures
Have relaxed to suit our pace?

I look into your eyes and read
The child, the youth, the age,
And understand the beauty
That is written on each page.

For what the camera cannot see
And where the mirror lies,
Is when it fails to see
The living soul within the eyes.

And when they look out soul to soul
At them, or me or you
The eyes of love see beauty..
And the eyes of love see true.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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31 Responses to Camera shy

  1. amreade says:

    This made my day.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. quiall says:

    That was lovely! Yes, that’s me!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wonderful share.. And brought me Big smiles.. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is lovely, Sue. I always look huge on photos, but when looking, at others don’t, notice their size that much!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ritu says:

    Love this!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Brilliant! Well done 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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  8. Wendy Janes says:

    Thank you for making me smile, Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

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  10. jenanita01 says:

    How lovely… and also how true…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. ellenbest24 says:

    This is beautiful and maybe each and everyone of us feels the same. But in reality todays photo should be the best, better than those to come, because we are younger than tomorrow.


  12. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful Sue. ❤


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