Dummy

black-and-white photo of a dressmaker's dummy in a shop window

Those old dressmaker’s dummies
that extremely tasteful shops
love to use in their window displays
do compel the eye pull at your mood
with their pale-flesh patina
catching light and shadows
and the sheer vulnerability
of headless limbless torsos
sometimes even a central seam
like the scar of drastic surgery
and holes that shockingly evoke
heart and sex.

Jean Morris lives in London, translates from French and Spanish, and thanks the Internet for a latish-life discovery of creative interests. Her recent online work includes an article on Reading in Translation, book reviews at Shiny New Books, translation at the Asymptote blog, photos and poems at Gnarled Oak and poems in Otata.

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