Self Portrait

One mistress
I cannot explain
Why I am haunted these last days
Her eyes have me captured
And coming back to look again
The tilt and shadow of a hat on skin
Covering curious wisdom
A captivating contrast to the pale
Framed by dark pageboy trimmed hair
Broken by lips
Barely reddened by so slight a grin
Crisp white collared shirt
But form under jacket betrays
And those gloves, those clever gloves of grey

Masculine denied by feminine whispers
Feminine shored up by masculine lines
Power at the moment where roles unwind
Harsh lines of built formations blur
Blending into background
Do I want her
Do I want to be her
Am I her
One mistress, no master
— by me


Self Portrait by Romaine Brooks

Inspired by Romaine Brooks, her life and her art.

~ by April on April 7, 2013.

2 Responses to “Self Portrait”

  1. Fascinating

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