Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | March 2, 2013

The Dressing Table

The Dressing Table

Tears of anger demand freedom

Tumbling down to frantic lips

Fingers anxiously tap dance

Shattering silent dreams

The mirror refuses her pleading

Panic echoes through her heart

Grief rushes in on a wave

And washes out again 

Iron will clamps down on her heart

Steel thoughts freeze a river of rage

Now steady hands begin their work

Her smile is evenly applied 

Slowly her eyes leave the mirror

Life is calling her name

A temporary label her soul refuses

Loosely pinned to a rented self 

Placing her truth on the table

She turns to practice the lie

The stairs descend into someone else

As her image marches down

In her costume of perfect poise

Woman enters right on cue

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) . Madame Poupoule at Her Dressing Table. 1899-1900

Madame Poupoule at Her Dressing Table. 1899-1900

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) .

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