Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Art Of Making An Impression

I could tell you of the woodpecker
and how his red hood first
seized Marguerite. It was flamboyance
angled to be seen, to steal breath
from the passionate or shy.

He knew a woman was standing behind,
stunned by the head-tilt, the cloak-swung tail
of feathers against the tree.
Like the poet she would not approach
 only read, the bird swerved
 to an elegant left, drunk on the joy
 of being himself, Oscar Wilde in wings.

Last summer she saw the man
 glitter at a party, skimming the room
 in laughter. With her face  half-concealed
by lace  and whalebone, she gave him
 the pleated utterance of a fan,
 then turned away.

Months later he wrote a play
about that subject, made Lady Windemere
a porcelain wife. When attending
the performance, she never thought
of the connection between herself
and his young heroine on stage. Never understood
how she caught his attention in flight

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