Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NaPoWriMo Day #6: Thoughtful

("Fazio's Mistress" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1863)

Day #6 prompt at ReadWritePoem involves writing about images. I chose one image, definitely among my Pre-Raphaelite collection of postcards from the showing of their work at the San Diego Museum of Art.

She thinks slowly,
thought plodding after thought,
queuing through artery and vein.
And her thoughts dissipate,
melting into images,
stiff portraits of him--
shoulders back, eyes haunted
as he speaks his truth,
opens his pain,
and walks away.

She stanches her wounds,
hoping the bleeding
will slow,
knowing that her scabbed heart
will continue to seep
through gauzy bandages--
healing as gradually,
as ponderously,
as her thoughts.

Copyright 2010 by Susanne Barrett

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