Poems

Rodney Purvis: Life-Drawing Model

Life-Drawing Model for Karen   Were your eyes blue, green or brown— Blonde girl in your prime? I’ve known Faces; yours was lovely. Almond eyes professionally avoiding mine As studiously I set myself to form, outline Your sculpted, gold and seamless body.   Flaxen hair gathered in a small pony-tail, Some wisps escaping. A hibiscus: sparkling green And scarlet nestled on your neck. Gold aubergines your breasts, Tipped with rubies.   Like some archetypal beauty, you posed motionless As some model may have sat for Caravaggio, Yet here stripped of all shadow. Maidenhair tight curled, silvery violet, A delicate, hirsute…

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