Small stone 1-22-12

Matisse, "La Coiffure," 1901

Naked with hope
still dewy from her bath
a woman paints herself
ready for a party
sweeping her mane up just so
later
after her mask has faded
she sits alone
swaddled in her finery
hair liberated
ready to go nowhere
deflated by ennui
and a broken promise
never made

Sargent, "Nonchaloir," (Repose) 1911

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