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Saint Petersburg | The Moon Faced Girl

Streetphotography, Leica, Film, Sun, black and white photography

Saint Petersburg, Russia; Leica MP 0.72, 35mm Summilux, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Standing on a corner in Saint Petersburg
Cooling off, waiting for my taxi to arrive
The two models I had photographed have already left,
Leggy strides and slim legs taking them onwards

The day is brisk, spring is still new
Snowfall hiding in shaded corners
Near the top of the world here in Saint Petersburg,
In a few months they’ll have their white nights

Summer evenings full of sunlight, Russian warmth
The sky only hinting at dusk for an hour or so
But today, it is a wan sun, trying to reach out,
Trying to touch this city and its charming waters

I have not had a cigarette in a year
Standing on a street corner, gear bag on my shoulder,
Sweat drying into a salted musk
Yeah, a cigarette would be good

There’s a canal nearby, little bridge arching south
This young girl is crossing towards me, walking
She has a light blue parka on, a tight puffy parka,
A size too small, maybe two, it is stretched so tight

She has the biggest moon face I have ever seen
A perfectly circular visage waxing full in the daytime
Pale white face, pink cheeks, translucent blond hair,
A generous forehead, enough acreage to plant a sign or a crop

Her eyebrows are plucked to the point of non-existence,
Two thin lines to conjure the memory of eyebrows
And there is a sadness in her eyes that makes my insides
Tumble down like the first drop of an amusement park ride

And the moon faced girl just walks with her moon face,
Walks past me, a glance at me with heavy lidded eyes,
Some great sad blue doll, sombre and plump
Wisftul eyes, clouded with thoughts, barely focused on now

It is a cold spring day in Saint Petersburg
I am waiting for my taxi

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