Friday, December 2, 2011


(At The Villa Barchessa, Florence)

Consider the place
where he first saw her standing
in the hotel foyer. Framed
by a vaulted window
her hair billowed in the light. Auburn
warmed the gothic white
of skin and blouse, while her hand grasped
an Anjou pear, the shade of cherry wood
that comprised the wardrobe
in his room and bed posters spiraling
upward with exalted shine.
The fruit was ripe, its succulent peal
calling the beholder in
to imagine her winged
with peignoir sleeves, diffusing
any thought of sin, the gold clamp
of his ring.
Note- The Renaissance type painting is by Hungarian artist, Casaba Markus.

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