The photo shows the kind of hand a film star
might have draped across the chaise,
garbed in its splendid sheath of skin,
taupe to the tips of ten unvarnished nails.
Sinuous and shapely, no glove adorns it,
only a ring and golden cuff set just above the wrist,
a cigarette in its long holder burning low,
about to loose an avalanche of ash.
This poem was written for the 20 Poem Challenge.
Robbi Nester is the author of an ekphrastic chapbook titled Balance (White Violet, 2012) and other poetry collections. Her work has been published widely in journals and anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Broadsided, Silver Birch Press, Poemeleon, and Inlandia.
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