Le Nu Provençal

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after Willi Ronis


She is like Eve in exile,

awakening each morning

when the sun has risen,

then rising herself,

shackled to the day’s routine.


She opens a shutter,

and the light sweeps in

across the uneven stone floor –

her summons to the tasks

that lie before her.


But first a strip-wash,

the astringent purity

of her ablutions. Leaning over

a basin, the chill water

unseals her eyes.


Still only half awake,

she takes in the tarnished

mirror, a chair; and sees how little

is needed to live

on the far side of paradise.

◄ The 2CV

Le Petit Parisien, 1952 ►


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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 19th Apr 2023 18:09

A wonderful snapshot of a life possible for us all 🌈

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Wed 19th Apr 2023 11:17

Very much enjoyed this one David.

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