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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