The photo's shallow focus
Eminence; A crepuscular grain of stoicism
Litters the simple portrait, unadorned
With background yet cluttered
In grey tones of cotton, four ivory buttons
One beside its perch.
Refusing the portraitist's love
His shorn fingernails long-ago grazed
Preposterously upon the subject's left cheek.
Subject, accepted, as 3 million eyes remove
Recast the ambulant crown of jackal's fur.