Steam from showers and baths
makes this seem a wet room
an odd place for Picasso’s Nu de Dos
but she appears to ignore this
embracing her knees and trying
to regress in search of security
her back turned away as if she needs
nothing more from this world
other than to be left in peace
with the lazy gaze of roses
when the window’s open
or the security of crows
that land on the low stone wall.
Copyright © Mary Franklin 2014
Mary Franklin has had poems published in various journals and anthologies in UK, Canada, Australia and the USA.