Umbrellas - for Nazire

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Nazire also asked for more poems, this is for you Nazire.
I wrote this from observing the Renoir Painting, Umbrellas. I went to see this painting in the National gallery when Impressionist works were on tour in 1990; it is very impressive when you stand before it and I have always loved this picture. I amy do my own copy one day.

Submitted: June 17, 2010

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Umbrellas, umbrellas, holding off the rain.

Sheltering all from the sky’s falling tears.

A common bareheaded woman with a basket,

Becomes the object of one mans inquiring gaze.

What protects her from his illicit intentions?

His wealth from exploiting her poverty?

She possesses no umbrella against the rain.

No shield against his shower of false affections.

And oblivious; a little girl with toy hoop looks on.

A questioning sadness in her dark, innocent, eyes.

Unconcerned curiosity, observing the world’s corruption.

And yet, and yet: unaware of her own, future vulnerability.


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