Her Own Thoughts

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads – Capturing Thoughts
Today’s challenge is to choose one of the following paintings and give voice to the subject’s thoughts. Is there joy, boredom, worry? Are there any hints in the painting itself? 

Portia (Kate Dolan) 1886 Sir John Everett Millais

Portia (Kate Dolan) 1886 Sir John Everett Millais

I hope the butcher
does not close
before I am done
here, standing in
a costume of luxury.
Earned myself
a bit of beef
for tonight’s dinner.
This collar has
too much starch,
and my hands are
beginning to numb.
I hope I do not drop
the purse or paper.
Then I would have
to pose again. Well
it is a man’s world.
My only hope
is to find a husband.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Her Own Thoughts

  1. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Your words offer an amusing reality behind the scenes of the portrait.

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  2. This is awesome! Mundane thoughts, survivor thoughts mixed in with the grace and beauty of being the subject of art. Love your ending. So appropriate for the time period of the painting. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt!


  3. Jim says:

    Sounds like a not to hopeful, nor very young anymore, olden day photo booth preparations for entering I to the on-line dating service world. Great!


  4. ellaedge says:

    I love the stream of consciousness and how much you share the veil of history or should I say herstory~ Well Done


  5. Mike Bayles says:

    This poem is true to life.


  6. Rommy says:

    I love the fact her posture and clothing are so queenly but she has ordinary concerns.


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