No classical beauty is she
short dark hair and pale features

No mane of gold, no skin of coffee, brown
but still more than I can capture on canvas
constantly shifting her moods
with movements that are  compelling
and eyes that burn through failed pages of text
leaving round holes-

                                                                             as if I had forgotten a cigarette there

she is not definable

Perhaps she is like the island girl that Gauguin painted only the back of
because he could not do her face justice

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