What am I afraid of losing? (a poem)

A tentative step towards thinking about something I once read…

I’ve heard that you should look
at the pictures photographers take
if you want to know
what they are most afraid of losing

I’m not sure what that says about me

My photographic life is filled with
     objects
     shadows
     reflections
     strange perspectives
     clouds
     deliberately out-of-focus scenes
     and self-portraits with my cat

It is a world without
     people
     perfection
     ordinary beauty
     intended consequences
     dogs (cats never tried to attack me on my paper route)
     community
     celebration
     real hardship

(14 July 2015)