For Lori Berenson,
Internationalist Political Prisoner
I saw your photo in the newspaper
between sinister sun-glassed security agents,
two women in double breasted suits
cruelty pressed upon their lips.
You were labeled the terrorist.
I've seen many photos like that
shot from below
looking up the nose
snapped when the lower jaw is dropped
and the teeth are bared.
Even Miss America
would look fiendish
shot from below.
Photos may be contrivances
one one-hundred-and-twenty-fifth second
of the subject's existence
to depict reality.
Yes, photography is an art
an inception and or deception.
Truth and solidarity
can not be captured
by a single click of the shutter.
Published in Syracuse Peace Letters, March 1997
(Note: More on Lori Berenson
can be found at freelori.org).
Lori Berenson at hearing granting her parole, May 2010
Lori Berenson in prison in Peru before parole