Still Life #1

Kiss of Passion by Leonid Afremov – via

A child’s feet

dirty the carpet

laid by seventeen workers

sweat dripping from their brows

nails pressed

between greying hands

A mother looks North

ignoring the plod

of tiny shoes

to look at life

in a golden frame

The portrait of a man

holding a woman

from behind


her exposed breast

a satin dress

strap hanging

at her side

while the other rests

comfortably around her shoulder

arm raised

either to cup his cheek

or scratch at his neck

The mother looks deep

into the painting

and sees her golden hair

flowing long

and youth etched

into her face

Her lover


an extension

of herself

or a leech

or fictitious.



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