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Updated on December 4, 2016

After a Painting by Picasso (Blue Period).


In blues and greens,

a woman bends over her knees.

She aches in cold colors.

Sunlight brushes the break

of her back where winter never warms.

I conjure her tears,

face sunk in fenced arms,

feet tucked beneath the canvas.

I imagine she's spent;

a ragdoll shelved since childhood.

She assumes the same hung face

after losing her stuffing ansd stitches;

gutted and consumed.

She cannot see white relief

in the upper edge,

beyond her arm-pressed eyes.

It pales in matted brown, spills out

a window; gets trapped

in scratched glass and paint.

Lisa Dewey


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