Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Get Dressed

by Denise Levertov

There's in my mind a woman
of innocence, unadorned but

fair-featured, and smelling of
apples or grass. She wears

a utopian smock or shift, her hair
is light brown and smooth, and she

is kind and very clean without
ostentation --
but she has
no imagination.
And there's a
turbulent moon-ridden girl

or old woman, or both,
dressed in opals and rags, feathers

and torn taffeta,
who knows strange songs --

but she is not kind.

1 comment:

Beth Austin said...

Here's a great title for a poem or play, based on the painting:

"A Glove for a Cloven Hoof"

Hearkens back to old-school Tennessee Williams-style titles! :)