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Commissioned for the fashion film for Poet in the City.
Inspired by poem "Deceptive Beauty" by Simon Mundy.
She carries all the contradictions
Of peonies, body and soul,
Bloom and stem, held proud in Spring,
First and fast to rise. Her face a glory
Budding in a perfect moon, a mystery
So contained, complex in hidden folds,
So fecund in astonishing conclusion.
In full June panoply she seems
Gaspingly beautiful, her white cheeks
Tinged with pink, her neck flecked
With clever hints of colour, her scent
Pervasive late into the cathartic evening.
Her petal skin, though, flinches
At the slightest touch, bruises even
From a kiss of admiration,
Collapses as soon as picked,
A sigh of quick capitulation.
Your sadness is misplaced, don't worry,
For though she hates to be moved
Her roots will be among the earliest
To sense the death of frost,
Pierce the reluctant earth
And send her incarnation
Shooting from her bed again
Simon Mundy ©
Photo Ondrej Janu