Valentine for Lorenza

by Stephen Ellams


Lorenza sees what she wants to see
The deep chromatic contours
Shimmering with ambition

She stretches across the canvas
With a playful mystique
Lithesome, unblushing
Like Odalisque by Ingres

Steadfast in her gaze
Flaunting extra bones
Of deliberate distortion

With ribbons undone
She ambles through the ages
Shaping wit and flesh
Until she settles on someone

Who echoes youthful wishes
A harem of future promises
In Lorenza’s starlit eyes


Copyright © 2015 by Stephen Ellams

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