April 7, 2017

The Dresser by John Grey

The perfume bottle
is in the shape of a glass fountain
atop a font of pale yellow.

The fancy comb and brush set
is polished shell,
hand-painted with Chinese figures.

A hexagonal glass box
adds sun or light-bulb sparkle
to the jewels below.

There's pot of powder,
tubes of lipstick,
various sprays
and ceramic knickknacks.

As far as the mirror is concerned,
this all constitutes a person.
A face, when it comes,
has been by already.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Schuylkill Valley Journal, Cape Rock and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Poem, and Spoon River Poetry Review.  

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