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MUSED Literary Magazine.

Portrait in Violet

Bartholomew Barker

She is anxious as a violet
in spring, sprouting
through snow
warming her face
to the sun.

She has the tragic
generosity of a pineapple,
her heart discarded
once the sweet
has been consumed.

She´s delicate
yet strong
as an aspen
bending to the gusts
but never breaking.