Thursday, October 23, 2008

733. Nude Descending A Staircase - X. J. Kennedy


Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh,
a gold of lemon, root and rind,
she sifts in sunlight down the stairs
with nothing on. Nor on her mind.

We spy beneath the banister
a constant thresh of thigh on thigh;
her lips imprint the swinging air
that parts to let her parts go by.

One-women waterfall, she wears
her slow descent like a long drape
and pausing, on the the final stair,
collects her motions into shape.