Lela Samniashvili

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The Georgian Dress

With each string, stitch and bead
I try to imagine how beautiful she was –
The woman, the dress she wore –
Suspended - delicately silver-white -
In this museum – half-cellar, or eternal shade.

Braidless, eyeless, lipless
It gleams between the shelves,
And gleam – the rubies in velvet headdresses,
The rings and daggers and colored shards of pottery –
Around this dress – forgotten or betrayed forever –
As too heavy, or long or dazzling.

I stand here – in front of the dress and free of it.
I’d like the dress and the whole body –
to melt for ...

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