Linda Bierds

(Delaware)

Linda Bierds Poems

1. Flight 6/1/2015
2. The Ghost Trio 6/4/2015
3. Incomplete Lioness 1/29/2015

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Incomplete Lioness

—National Gallery, London

Or lion. Too little marble left for certainty:
affixed to a bone-like armature, just a flank
and scored shoulder, and far down the missing,
crouching shape, a single, splay-toed paw.
The companion, or mate, is better formed
and offers a template to trace a bit, image to absence
to memory, until the lioness fills.

The exhibit is Fragments and Dislocations:
Sight and Sightlessness. Across the room
in Renaissance, the painter, retinas tattered
as a saint's hem, might have filled a lioness
differently: ...

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