Words to be Said to a Portrait by Mandy Pannett

Lady you are un-jewelled

solemn and alone

 

This room resembles an orangerie

Light is thin

 

A glass bell in the citrus grove

hid in a tiny tree

 

Were there hoof-beats in the air

whispers in the grove

 

Did you sip the sweet-sour juice

spill it

on your red dress

 

There are words to be said to a portrait

fidelity

orange douce

 

Did you hear the hoof-beats

with chimes of glass in the air

 

Secrets hide in an orangerie

in the whispers of your red dress

 

Did you peel that orange Did you suck

the juice

that orange douce

 

Lady

so  un-jewelled

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