Monday, October 7, 2013


They removed her from the front window

and placed her in storage.

She breathes in a corner --  cold

 clutching her oyster-silk gown

as if she were  guarding

the vintage soul of Balmain.

An evening stole

fallen under her bench

reveals its ripped lining, the fur

unable to warm or console.

Intimidated by  track lightning,

she looks down. Her bracelet clinks

like ice in a cocktail glass. The knell

of glamour. 
The haunting and intense image is by French artist, Marie-France Riviere. More of
her lovely and provocative work can be found at her on-ling blogsite

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