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Upstairs or Downstairs?

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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    • # Renato Martins

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

      2011.11.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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

      2011.11.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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!

      2011.11.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Rachel Mvm

      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?)

      2011.11.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Josy

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

      2011.11.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gian Luigi

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

      2011.11.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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...

      2011.11.04 Edited Reply Cancel

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