you know you’re a photographer

you wear a fishing vest
have a beard and belly
use view camera
use spot-meter
use pyro and amidol 
make contacts prints 
try to find the perfect cloud in idyllic spots

a photo is just a photo
-- plumber at hardware store

-- the ten dollar way of saying enlarger

fat mans glue
-- butt sweat on the toilet seat

the point of the place
 --to preserve the past
even tho the past has passed you by.
a past you’re not even part of
never were.