If this was the only camera available today

There’d be no quick pics with one of these.
If a happy-faced portrait was required
the subject would have to stand there saying cheese
for a very long time. They’d be tired!

But at least no one would be caught unawares.
There’d be no candid street shots. No
secret paparazzi snapping of bums
and tits and knees. Less sleaze?

No one would be exposed snoozing
on the Tube. (Can we have less of those please?).
No strangers would be unwillingly preserved in cafes
as they sipped their coffees and teas.

And I can’t imagine the multitude
of selfie takers having the patience
to stand still long enough (‘No way!’')
if this was the only camera available today.

People's Museum

Still Standing

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