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Musings #76 -The Model and Her Artist (Mainstreet Rag)

THE MODEL AND HER ARTIST

              after “Woman Combing Her Hair,”

              charcoal by Edgar Degas

 

Naked but for bold red slippers –

she sits combing her long dark hair.

 

She could be one of the ballerinas

he painted.

 

Limbs akimbo –

her right leg forms a figure four,

ankle resting on her left knee.

 

Her right hand holds the comb,

elbow elevated, her left grasps

a hank of hair.

 

Not as if posing for a portrait –

more as if aware

a lover watches her. 

 

Attention is a form of love –

studying curve and line,

the way she moves.

 

He wants to show his efforts

in capturing the just so of her.

First strokes remain visible.

 

In smudged depth – her arm a pillow,

her shape a shadow on the bed,

 

and the echo of the up-down/back-and-forth

in the pas de deux of combing.

 

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