Rumors persist and birch leaves linger on the branch, pale as the hair of the woman watching a deer run, startled by an awareness of its own shadow.
She swirls her martini glass with a long-gloved hand, wondering if the olive is pitted or hollow,
if a darker self stares at her from behind the moon's half-mask. _______________________________________
The beautiful painting is called, "La Biche, Le Loup et Le Chevalier" or "The Doe, The Wolf and The Knight" by French artist, Marie-France Riviere. More of her lovely work can be seen here at her on-line gallery --- www.griviere.com/expo2000.