Muse – by Jane Salmons


Evening in the café des deux Magots.
A girl with searing blue eyes drives
the blade of a small pocket knife between
splayed fingers. She’s fierce in her art,
bleeds carmine beads amongst the roses
embroidered on her black lace gloves.
Light and shade cross her heavy brows.
Chiaroscuro. She should turn around:
see the famous painter – crumpled collar,
worn-out suit, twice her age. Seduced
by danger, he prizes girl, knife, bloodied
gloves. Like a matador, he gores
her with his stare, lures her to sacrifice.
In the dusk the café walls turn dust-red.





Jane Salmons is a teacher from Stourbridge in the West Midlands. She has had poems published, or forthcoming, in online magazines including Algebra of Owls, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Ekphrastic Review, The Lake, Amaryllis and Three Drops from the Cauldron. In addition to writing poetry, and when time permits, she enjoys creating handmade photomontage collage.

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