(Inspired by Gerhard Richter’s “Nude on a Staircase,” Oil, 1966.)
Step on step, she’s a moonlit garden
a Calla Lily, stamen and carpel
in innocence she glows
nude with roses on her mind.
I stare beneath the stairs
hold two irises
her hips imprint the swing of light
parting time to let her by.
She pauses on the final step, spilling
mixed emotions into rosewater kisses.
(Hon. Mention Award, The Bannister Contest Anthology, Canadian Authors Association, Vol. 30, 2015