Vertemus and Pomone
(after Camille Claudel)

Rachel Fenton

Grafted together; we shared a love
of shining stone, though you got all the credit.

My portrait held your Balzac
to my imagined Ewelina,

a matrimonial fa├žade you soon pulled off.
Wan masked, I was asked to pick straw at your feet

and from it I wove your form.
Marvel my hand, about your neck,

a revolt against nature; a woman genius,

I give you, love, your head,
eternally embraced on a barren field of red.

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