IMAGE & POEM (JUNE 2005)


LA COMTESSE

(Poem by Wendy Howe )

I sit parallel with myself
as the mirror provides a woman
elegantly shadowed on glass
and inhaling the scent of white orchids.

The classic pose is here, face
resting on an arm that leans
long and sleek into the silence
as if it were a spoon crafted
for a cool dessert.

Before I married a rich man,
my body could not relax
with such grace. I worked
as a model and struggled
to look innocent or seductive.

Back and bones ached
from bonding with those
beautiful moments of stillness.
Heat glazed me in a kiln
of stucco walls and I glistened --

an objet d'art the world
would appreciate on glossy
magazine covers; and the photographer,
on large prints he kept for himself.

Now, I glance sideways
at a lady who is able
to linger and lounge
in morning's soft leisure. The air

slightly chilled like parfait; and I
wonder about this view
as fate curves into hair rolled
smoothly upward and shining
in pale concert with the room's fanlight.
The garden lies beyond; but what aim
is spared flowering
inside of her, of me, or this impeccable hour?

shadow

stretch


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