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Fabrice B. Poussin




Portrait in a Door


Clusters of words swirl in the depth of a strange realm

images flash to make motion of what was once so still

stories emerge in endless chapters of sobs, grins, and laughter;

conversations stack scatological through a fertile desert.


The apparition endures less than a moment 

a single frame of utter simplicity to be held in a safe

a soft breeze penetrates with the slow motion of the gate;

waves pass gently through the ebony sea.


An aura comes to be borne and stills the hour 

which needs no more to hold with a meaning for millennia 

impressionist with the glow of Degas’ juvenile dancers

rich with life for eternity in most intense serenity.


The hand on the frame which soon will close 

gliding as if to the fragile envelope of the infant 

her face remains in a tilt as she dares a light smile

she seems to speak, but sounds are trapped in the canvas.


Deep blue crystals to a profound soul gape to her will

the pose becomes imprinted on the unseen frame

a memory laden with the ongoing present

she creates the impossible, never to perish again.



About the Author: Poussin is a professor of French and World Literature. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and hundreds of other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections In Absentia, and If I Had a Gun, Half Past Lifewere published in 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Silver Bow Publishing.


 

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