This is you as a boy.
Your back is to the camera.
You are standing above the beach
with your right arm at two o'clock.
You have just thrown a piece
of the wall into the sea.
You do not hear the sound of the stone
entering the water, nor the sound
of the shutter. The cormorants are below,
but they are not in the picture.

This is you the following year.
You are holding a small chalkboard.
You are sitting on the landing
with three other children.
You do not speak their language,
so you draw pictures to them
in colored chalk, Blue is your favorite.
They understand. They appear to like you.
The girl has spelled out something
with the magnetic letters.
This picture is not in color.