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Unconcious Rivals
by Jane Rodway

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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Based on the Lawrence Alma-Tadema painting of the same name, 1893

Although she waits,
her love
with silver-tipped fingers
stroking the
pale back of her raised arm,
confidence
sitting serenely on pursed lips,
soon she will
see how foolish she has been
for love.

Clasping flowers in her hand
and in her mind,
her dark eyes fixed on
what might be,
a small finger pressed against
smiling lips
that know no such misery
as betrayal,
but soon,
no pillow shall be soft enough
to cushion her fall from
the heights of love.

He will come,
like the warm summer sunrise,
and he will go,
like the magenta flowers
scattered beneath untravelled feet,
and they will remember
this sound of love departing,
its two-faced head
forever glaring at them
from over its large shoulder,
whispering of
the duality
of
men.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/21/2004
I love the way you have done this particularly the last stanza. Thank you for this offering, Michelle. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by elois Masters (Reader) 1/21/2004
Yes. Your last stanza pulls all together . "He will come, like the warm summer sunrise,.... Love that.
m
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/21/2004
Brilliant write MIchelle!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 1/20/2004
THIS is beautiful, simply great!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/20/2004
Michelle this is briliant, makes me want to walk around a gallery with you, listening to you explain you images forever...
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 1/20/2004
Beautiful write Michelle.

You might want to add the missing 'S' in the title - unconscious
Reviewed by anne cunningham 1/20/2004
i love these pieces paired with the paintings. it makes me want to grab my notebook and sit in an art museum for about, well, let's just say a year, for starters. you are doing an excellent job of taking what is frozen in time on the canvas to entirely different levels.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 1/20/2004
Reading this poem is like feeling silk between
one's fingers...elegant...thought-provoking.
You are quite the bard!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 1/20/2004
Interesting poem Michelle.
Beautifully written.
Thank you for reviews!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/20/2004
Oh, the duality of us guys, and oh, the multi-faceted faces of woman. When you get right down to it it is a wonder that the earth has managed to over-populate itself. Must be that old saw, animal magnetism. I really DID like this poem, Michelle. Very well done.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/20/2004
He will come,
like the warm summer sunrise,
and he will go,
like the magenta flowers
scattered beneath untravelled feet,

Beautiful and bittersweet, Michelle. Wonderful poem.
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