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The Portrait

 

Her natural curve has worsened

through years of bending over working hands

 

feckless eyes impressed like quail eggs

nest behind spectacles, a match for tinseled hair.

 

Connectable, the contrast from fine line to pleat

that leads from chin to breast

 

where puckered lips grimace

as if mesmerized by the flight of needle

 

stitch by stitch slipped and purled,

at times unraveling life’s irregularities

 

meant for someone other than

this woman marked with scar on cheek

 

sketched as someone else.




Laurie Kolp