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Upstairs or Downstairs?

2011.11.04
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Nude Descending a Staircase

Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh,
A gold of lemon, root and rind,
She sifts in sunlight down the stairs
With nothing on. Nor on her mind.

We spy beneath the banister
A constant thresh of thigh on thigh—
Her lips imprint the swinging air
That parts to let her parts go by.

One woman waterfall, she wears
Her slow descent like a long cape
And pausing, on the final stair,
Collects her motions into shape.

X.J. Kennedy
14 Comments
EvaLizette What a beautiful poem :) I see her walk those stairs with shadows hide her face...ad I think she walks up...

Great post Angil :)
EvaLizette · 2011-11-04: 08:30
lesdeuxd Nice selection!
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lesdeuxd · 2011-11-04: 08:35
mawey LOL @ She sifts in sunlight down the stairs / With nothing on. Nor on her mind." :-)

but i'm disappointed that you're only delivering the minor interesting part of the title's two nouns...
mawey · 2011-11-04: 09:40
deandrade This image is a metaphor for life, you go up the stairs or down, the most fortunate use the elevator! :-!
deandrade · 2011-11-04: 11:22
josy63 Un merveilleux poème. Dans la vie on monte, on descend et comme le dit deandrade les plus chanceux prennent l'ascenceur. Bravo Antonio
josy63 · 2011-11-04: 16:08
InaLina beutiful in every way!!!!
InaLina · 2011-11-05: 08:40
globetrotdreamer tricky...light or dark, to descend or ascend! at times we're confronted with such dichotomies. I like this post, tickles my curiosity. Lovely poem too! And if the title's not merely a rhetorical question, I'd say it's up. (yes?)
globetrotdreamer · 2011-11-05: 10:25
JustmeG I like the final line...so perfectly expressed :-) I have a feeling that you're fond of stairways..hahahah....beautiful lighting in this photo...I also love how the lighting from a window affects the symmetry of objects and the distortion as well!
JustmeG · 2011-11-05: 12:00
unreal If the post from yesterday was for me perhaps your best shot... I have to say... THIS ONE is really the best one (till now). You improve a lot... Congrats. For me this is another FP
unreal · 2011-11-05: 13:19
InaLina nice capture,lovly poem can only agree with unreal!
InaLina · 2011-11-05: 16:52
????? Up the down staircase!
????? · 2011-11-06: 03:48
renatomartins Esta é para mim a tua melhor fotografia até agora. Esta e a última estão nos favs... e se calhar um dia na parede :)
renatomartins · 2011-11-06: 03:55
LG se for como a nossa situação económica é para baixo...
LG · 2011-11-06: 11:22
YUKJA Love it. Makes the idea of infinity.
Infinite ascent or infinite descent? haha :))
YUKJA · 2011-11-09: 17:56
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