His Dead Father's Camera
Lynne Beckenstein

The photographs that Peter took in Utica, using his dead father's camera:

The elevator buttons in Utica Municipal Housing for the Elderly, each button a milky gray, like a blind eye -- except for eleven, which is lit up in gold. The linoleum, mint green with a long black streak, the scuff of a rubber heel or a walker.

His grandmother in profile, where she sits in the passenger seat, pointing at the road with a bony and articulate finger. Behind her white puff of hair are two telephone wires, one mountain.

There is the football field, or rather, a yellow goalpost, opening into the empty sky.

There is my shoulder, as I turn towards the parking lot, and the bright blur of my hair. It whirls in front of my face, as if I have just jerked my head away from him.

There is the corrugated surface of an oak tree, where a dark mushroom blooms.
It may or may not be the tree beneath which his grandmother's dog is buried. It may or may not be in the graveyard, where she keeps searching for her son.