Part of a series of poems based on or inspired by paintings I enjoy. This is by controversial artist Jack Vettriano. Others in the series are Monet’s ‘Woman with Parasol’, Klimt’s ‘Tannenbaum’, Gerome’s ‘Pygmalian & Galatea’ and Milllai’s ‘Ophelia’.
Just the Way it is
The half shadow shade plays over a poise serene,
and with warm ember light accents both convene
on her limb wrapped figure chaste,
all that’s coarse and crude erased.
She challenges with her shuttered lid regal stance
to look upon her and not succumb to heady trance,
nor remain in ignorance and blind
to the beauty that is womankind .