Monday, March 29, 2010

Cocktail Hour

High up
Manhattan crows
gossip -- each one
shadowing the rim
of a martini glass.

Their subject
is slowly stirred
along with the pearl
onion or olive.

Near the window
a girl stands
in that little black dress

Her fingers quiver
with a cigarette in hand
while smoke curls upward --

a signal
for her confidence
to fly back
from a circling tour
of the park,

from an impulse
to acquire
more ease, the glitter
of still, dark water.

Note -- Paintng is called "The Red-Headed Woman" by Amedeo Modigliani