Portrait of a Woman (2011 poem)
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Sarah Doughty
September 2013
Contributor
Written by
Sarah Doughty
September 2013

he traded her eyes
for emeralds
and her body
for pearl

her hair he surged
into seductive flames
licking the base
of a leather sheath
spine

her fingers were ivory piano
keys
branching from oak leaf
palms

and she flashed
a crescent moon
smile
and danced
on rose petal
feet
digging smooth pebble
toes
into the earth

her arms he made
scarves
green
and
purple
fanning freely
around
that fire mane

and for her legs
warped stone 
for burdens 
she would carry and

He painted 
what she was
what she wasn't
what she would be

without really painting
what he saw
but no one understood
and that portrait never sold
just collected 
dust
but the real thing
didn't

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