A moored sailing boat, three
small figures one bending
in the middle; a lego boy wearing
white trousers flared a lemon top
and a little girl smiling, in flip flops,
holding togs, connecting
with the photographer enough
to click, to expose the negative
of silver crystal to a flood of light.
To alter this interstitial salt
to metallic silver specks.
Four atoms, enough to develop
this negative into a pattern
of happiness. Moor it in stop bath
and then fix forever, the easy
confidence, the bright smile.
*stop bath and fixer are chemicals used in the development of photographic prints.