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A Woman Too Far?




Bildnis Marianne von Werefkin 1909

Lenbachhaus, München


(September 2021)



The redhead at the bar

was most probably too far

by age, temperament and beauty

away from me.



She caught my fancy

We seemed to exchange a glance

I thought we traded smiles.


Was she looking past me

at someone else, a younger man

more handsome than I ever was

and certainly, I am not now?


Was she searching for a father figure

to discuss things

that had long gone unspoken in her entourage,

with a hand on her shoulder, no more?


Or was she longing for a warm body

a non-threatening one

in which she could

bury her pain, easily?


Perhaps this was just an incident

one of the many that slip in and out of our lives

with no apparent motive or sentiment

no direction or no cause 

that stick in our memories

if for no other reason

then eternal hope.

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