(Neo-Realist School, mid 21st century)
ascribed to J. M. P.
She could be someone’s grandmother
with her pink cheeks, white hair
in a bun, the immaculate lace
collar fastened with a cameo.
She sits in an old-fashioned
lawn chair—a blue that clashes
with the blue sky and the blue
flowers of her dress. Her lips
are slightly parted in a slight
smile, but her eyes, as she stares
at the viewer, are challenging.
Both hands rest lightly on an
animal curled asleep on her lap.
It is the size of a small dog, but
do not be fooled. Notice
the fine brush-work.
The artist has perfectly rendered
each guard hair, each glossy quill.