Modigliani Moods

Pavement cafés scatter
cobbles of Montmartre.
Whores step over ditches,
become painted queens.
He flings his cape, adjusts his scarf,
picks his way through muddy lanes
and creaking, swaying studios
of the Bateau Lavoir –
and dreams of dancing naked
with sloe-eyed models under stars.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Image result for Modigliani's Montmartre
“Ayesha” — Aïcha Goblet — model, actress, & singer in Montmartre, by Modigliani – image found on Pinterest


My second response to Thotpurge’s Micropoetry Month also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night

Rajani has continued her Micropoetry Month with a quadrille (44 word poem) and a haiku. I’m joining the party with a quadrille of my own, a found poem inspired by an article about a new Modigliani exhibition.

55 thoughts on “Modigliani Moods

    1. Thank you, Merril! I’m so pleased to see that your comments are not going into the spam queue – I found a couple there recently and wasn’t sure how long they’d been there. WordPress can be a bit touchy sometimes. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Freya! How are you? I missed your latest call-out for submissions – I’m trying to juggle all sorts of things at the moment and I keep dropping balls!


  1. wonderful! Monmarte…painted queens,…Modigliani – what more can I say? You brought back fond memories of that place. Wish I had been alive during that time. Danicng naked with sloe eyed models…wow…

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  2. I must say that I often have dreams like that, the I’m not dreaming of being naked in public & no one seems to notice. Your brevity did not dampen the richness of your imagery.

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  3. A great write Kim, capturing the atmosphere so well. I first visited Montmartre at night on a school trip when me and my class mates linked arms and sang ‘Nights in white satin’ at the top of our voices – happy days! 😉🎶

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  4. I was smiling as soon as I saw the title. My son gave me a gift one year, a book about and with many Modigliani paintings featured. This is just a beautiful piece that captures the Modigliani mood perfectly! Brilliant, as someone else has already said. 🙂

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  5. Oh my this is a treasure. You have set the mood so beautifully, it was almost as if you had been eavesdropping …love that painting. Modigliani is certainly smiling behind our full moon 🙂

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  6. Ha ha, not only can I see it but I can smell and hear it. Loved the phrase
    ”…. dreams of dancing naked
    with sloe-eyed models under stars.’ Thats sone feeling, i imagine. Had to look up ‘sloe’ though. So I learned something. Such a fun read Kim : )

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