(Neo-Realist School, mid 21st century)

ascribed to J. M. P.


She could be someone’s grandmother

with her pink cheeks, white hair

in a bun, the immaculate lace


collar fastened with a cameo.

She sits in an old-fashioned

lawn chair—a blue that clashes


with the blue sky and the blue

flowers of her dress. Her lips

are slightly parted in a slight


smile, but her eyes, as she stares

at the viewer, are challenging.

Both hands rest lightly on an


animal curled asleep on her lap.

It is the size of a small dog, but

do not be fooled. Notice


the fine brush-work.

The artist has perfectly rendered

each guard hair, each glossy quill.

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