lessons

Henri_Rousseau_-_Portrait_of_a_Woman_(1895)

Portrait of a Woman by Henri Rousseau
(Ekphrastic)
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lessons
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Decades 2, 3
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minding
was not her task
fate decreed
otherwise
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Decades 3, 4, 5
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her lashing
tongue and
fists wreaked
immeasurable harm
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Decade 6
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Now, time mellowed to slow
blundering down memory lanes
her Judas hands involuntarily
nurse phantom pains
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She’d meted corporal
punishment unfairly, now her
Quietude lies shattered on account
of misguided yesterdays
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Decade 7
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Today she lies in state
last breath exhaled
finally at peace
dues fully paid
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Finis
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