When did you first hear that?

Someone wanted you to smile

and you probably did

whether you wanted to or not.


The camera has been around awhile —

getting easier and easier to use.

And many photographers still insist

a smile upon your face

will better serve your history.


Do you recall

when you  first smiled before a camera?

Was it on a tripod — or just a little box?


Do you ever find yourself

going through albums or slides

that have been stored for years

to find the faces of your loved ones

many of whom are gone?


Way back, somebody

may have asked you to to say “cheese” —

or maybe  you asked  it of someone..

And likely, it tasted good.

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