I was tall, when I was a small child,
but stopped later,
somewhere in between adolescence and giraffe.
A giraffe would be impossible to sit behind
at the cinema.
In the cinema, in Amsterdam, people talked
like it was a cafe with an incredibly large background TV
and didn’t seem to nonsense from the hungry mice
beneath the low lighting.
Light can often distract decisions on how to dress
in the murky fog of morning when the mirror won’t help explain
who you are.
I helped a passenger on a plane, once-
I placed their bag in the overhead compartment and felt abused
later when they claimed the total width of the arm rest
as if I was only too willing to be a servant
to their sovereignty.
A king in a castle is not always as fulfilled as a man, quiet,
in his shed or the kid reaching down to grab a hold of happiness
while growing up, somewhere in between adolescence
and the astonishment of a giraffe.
All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly