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Framboise Fig and Bronze Nude

Mismatched as they were,
the framboise fig
and the patrician bronze nude,
they still—somehow—played
backgammon in winter together,
bathed in claw-footed tubs,
drank from teapots of infused peonies,
silk-stitched napkin borders,
pin-tucking their way
down a black licorice life.
And when the seasons cascaded
into warmth, they planted window-box
pelargoniums together, the petals of
which were the blackest black
and the stems so twisted.
They painted muted, ethereal hues
together, honing sensibilities
better left dormant.
They slowly crushed
diamonds together.
Their love is a well-worn
staple now, pared down in style,
dusty as Dickens’ dowager, but
sturdy like a bone-bristle brush.
On a warm day, you can see them
swimming symbiotically,
the framboise fig
and the bronze nude;
her never sinking,
him never rusting.

Shurooq Amin
Copyright © 2007


Dr. Shurooq Amin is a Kuwaiti Anglophone poet, an artist, a certified interior decorator, and lectures at Kuwait University. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature.  Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Etchings (Ilura Press, Australia), Beauty/Truth: A Journal of Ekphrastic Poetry, The Cannon’s Mouth, Many Colored Brooms, Ekphrasis: A Poetry Journal, The Rose and Thorn Literary E-Zine, Aesthetica, and Poesia  among others.


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