(Keeping On) Lady of Spain

LADY OF SPAIN

she seems about to whirl into a dance
this Spanish lady so precisely arrayed

in a pattern of black and white
with a perky red feather in her hat

curved arm and fist resting on a hip
heart-shaped lips in a pursing pout

eyes slightly slanted mysterious
staring back at those studying her

remaining opaque so that no one can tell
if she’s full of tabasco or sweet cream


Poem by Gwen Gunn. Artwork: Flamenco, a pottery pitcher by Anita Griffith


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