The Helmet Maker's Lovely Wife

October 10, 1994|By Janey Foy

Rodin, how much did you pay her?

She more naked

In her old age

Than ever

In youth's beauty.

How much did you pay her?

Did she watch you

Carve away lost dreams?

Eyes downcast

Deeply veined hands

Clasping a few found coins.

Rodin, how much did you

pay her?

Who was she

Beyond beauty

Hung on ancient bones?

And why do I, in looking at her

Feel wrenching pain

As well as awe?

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