Upstairs or Downstairs?

by Antonio Gil November. 04, 2011 2742 views

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

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Vania Gianese 6 years ago

Love it. Makes the idea of infinity.
Infinite ascent or infinite descent? haha :))

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Renato Martins 6 years ago

Esta é para mim a tua melhor fotografia até agora. Esta e a última estão nos favs... e se calhar um dia na parede :)

6 years ago Edited
Marina 6 years ago

nice capture,lovly poem can only agree with unreal!

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Unreal 6 years ago

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

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Glo 6 years ago

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!

6 years ago Edited
Rachel Mvm 6 years ago

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?)

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Marina 6 years ago

beutiful in every way!!!!

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Josy 6 years ago

Un merveilleux poème. Dans la vie on monte, on descend et comme le dit deandrade les plus chanceux prennent l'ascenceur. Bravo Antonio

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Gian Luigi 6 years ago

This image is a metaphor for life, you go up the stairs or down, the most fortunate use the elevator! :-!

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Mawey 6 years ago

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...

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6 years ago Edited

What a beautiful poem :) I see her walk those stairs with shadows hide her face...ad I think she walks up...

Great post Angil :)

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