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Girl at the Window
—after a painting by Salvador Dali
by Jane Alynn

She gazes out the open window
at the bay spread before her,
its blue-salt surface rippled by sea breezes,
visible marks of an abyss,
a sailboat in the distance, hills
farther still. An indeterminate sky.
All this within the frame
of the window and blue wavy curtains,
a white drape flowing inward, reflections
in the panes of the casement.
What is on her mind?
What is she dreaming of?
Standing there, the view always the same,
her blue chemise conforms
to her innocent body. Still,
wrinkles in the fabric
imitate the rippled water,
hint at a quickening in her.


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