She’s the heroine I least imagine
to look like yourself - short hair, dark
I think you say, though for some
reason I picture her as blonde.
Yet she’s the one I seem most
to identify with, though
I’m not sure why. An art historian,
not much of a reader, at least
not of Jane Austen, except
surprisingly, according to you
or one of your characters -
Sense and Sensibility,
not my favourite either.
I think it’s her single state
and her flat in the city,
though not in the centre.
But the only houseplant she has
is a potted palm, and even that
barely knows how to care for.
It could be her yearning
for the countryside,
at odds with her urban existence.
It could be her love of riverside walks,
or is that yourself - or both of you?
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