Passengers in the Frame

it works better with a story behind it,
even if we are just passengers slipping
astride the frame, peripheral while wanting
to nudge the plot and almost protagonise.
bystanders always knowing that your pose
can sway too much and jar the composition.
still, you could jemmy away like a thief
on the cusp of some short-lived coup, breaking
anything that affords a feature role.
instead you dabble as stowaway, smile
in another’s tale, mere passing description
like the dark brush shimmering or footfalls
half-fading into dark, a waiting lark.

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