Δευτέρα, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Carol Ann Duffy, Warming Her Pearls







CAROL ANN DUFFY
Warming Her Pearls

Next to my own skin, her pearls. My mistress
bids me wear them, warm them, until evening
when I´ll brush her hair. At six, I place them
round her cool, white throat. All day I think of her,

resting in the Yellow Room, contemplating silk
or taffeta, which gown tonight? She fans herself
whilst I work willingly, my slow heat entering
each pearl. Slack on my neck, her rope.

She´s beautiful. I dream about her
in my attic bed; picture her dancing
with tall men, puzzled by my faint, persistent scent
beneath her French perfume, her milky stones.

I dust her shoulders with a rabbit´s foot,
watch the soft blush seep through her skin
like an indolent sigh. In her looking-glass
my red lips part as though I want to speak.

Full moon. Her carriage brings her home. I see
her every movement in my head.... Undressing,
taking off her jewels, her slim hand reaching
for the case, slipping naked into bed, the way

she always does.... And I lie here awake,
knowing the pearls are cooling even now
in the room where my mistress sleeps. All night
I feel their absence and I burn.



 Carol Ann Duffy

Warming Her Pearls
from Sixty Women Poets
Edited by Linda France
BLOODAXE BOOKS 1993


VIDEO
Warming Her Pearls
performed by Charnie Demir
The Radio Theatre Group

Εικόνα
Warming Their Pearls
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