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by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

the delicate lace pattern
of your petticoat
casts shadows
upon your ankle

your thin white ankle
with a floral design
like Mehndi
on a Bombay bride's hands
but gray and moving

ever moving
as your skirt
swishes and swirls
the flowers
sliding them
up your shapely leg
to your calf

half way there
I realise
I have never seen your knee.

for Tonantzin Carmelo
the Inspiration
Jump Kiss 2002
Wells Fargo Theatre
Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Los Angeles, California

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