Sunday, 22 October 2017


by Lilian Cohen

Stunning in black
from top to toe
she checks in the mirror
her grooved mottled skin
the cap of red curls unevenly dyed
and now somewhat thin
rehearses her smile
to show her crowned teeth
and drapes her red scarf
to hide the wattles of age

but in her mind’s eye
she slips all her old lovers
into each artful fold
struts the tango eternal
and smolders at time
with a shiver of beads
in the moonlight

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© Lilian Cohen 2005

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