Warming Her Pearls

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Warming Her Pearls
for Judith Radstone

Next to my own skin, her pearls. My mistress
bids me wear them, warm them, until evening
when I´ll brush her hair. At six, I place them
round her cool, white throat. All day I think of her,

resting in the Yellow Room, contemplating silk
or taffeta, which gown tonight? She fans herself
whilst I work willingly, my slow heat entering
each pearl. Slack on my neck, her rope.

She´s beautiful. I dream about her
in my attic bed; picture her dancing
with tall men, puzzled by my faint, persistent scent
beneath her French perfume, her milky stones.

I dust her shoulders with a rabbit´s foot,
watch the soft blush seep through her skin
like an indolent sigh. In her looking-glass
my red lips part as though I want to speak.

Full moon. Her carriage brings her home. I see
her every movement in my head.... Undressing,
taking off her jewels, her slim hand reaching
for the case, slipping naked into bed, the way

she always does.... And I lie here awake,
knowing the pearls are cooling even now
in the room where my mistress sleeps. All night
I feel their absence and I burn.

* A maid & a mistress
* Maid idolizes her, mistress is very attractive
* Strong, passionate, intense , sensual love
* Maid has a very close contact with mistress
* Mistress
Does not need or job or have a job
Rests in the room all day
Maids helps to comb mistress hair & puts pearl necklace on to keep her warm when pearl necklace is cold I dust her shoulders with a rabbit´s foot, watch the soft blush seep through her skin- acknowledgement of love I dream about her in my attic bed- maid dreaming mistress in her bed Full Moon

Significance of ellipsis
Repetition-her & she- doesn’t have a name
Sibilance/Assonance/Alliteration
Internal Rhyme
Next to my own skin, her pearls- juxtaposition of my & her Cool white throat- descriptive & sexual
Wear them, warm them- refer to...
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