The Hydra

For the person presented in a photograph
whom I’ll never understand
will only ever know shades of
sideways stories and half-truths.
Everything slanted to be read
a certain way
to a certain audience.

Making it difficult to know
if what was caught
was anything more than a puppet
manipulated by the emotions
of those that surrounded him.
Another rising extended neck
of the hydra’s body
ready to meet the outstretched strike
of Hercules
and the flame of Iolaus.

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