Inspiration borrowed from ‘The Oval Portrait’, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
and, whilst sitting here,
ripe, if not ready, for the coppicing,
the length of the brush offers sparse protection
against the swoop
Later, during the sweeping, I will swipe myself back into the pith of
Copyright owned by The Silly-Savvy Salopian, January 2020
Image by an unknown artist from a portrait on display in Prado Lounge, with the kind permission of the staff.