|"Green Animal Ballet" by Steve Ausherman|
students create amidst rolls of paper and hot lamps.
hands twist focus rings and adjust aperture settings.
eyes squint in the darkness of viewfinders.
still life objects clutter tabletops.
the darkened classroom transformed into a creative cave.
kids strain and laugh, compose and pose.
dust illuminated in the heat of lamp light.
kids on the brink of adulthood still hanging on.
objects of childhood still litter their photographs like promises.