I've caught my fingers

hammering away at the shutter button

without permission,

and I wonder why they need it – permission.

I can't say I mind

so long as I get a few snapshots that actually

might. maybe. almost.

capture the essence of life, or maybe beauty,

I'm not sure which.

But I wish they'd spend a little less time capturing

life in a digital film canister

and more time following the orders I'm given.

Though I must admit it:

I much prefer capturing the essence of things

to following orders.