Through shades of monochrome
aureate decadence glimmers:
feathered turban shimmers;
richly embroidered sleeve
and shoulder spark
white and grey,
a hint of gold.
But her eyes
are hidden

Kim M. Russell, 5th May 2018

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Baron Adolf de Meyer – The Cup, 1912 – image from WikiArt

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36 thoughts on “Decadence

  1. What I like most about this piece is that I can see the photograph through your imagery, so that if I didn’t have the photo, I would have a good idea of what the photo would look like. Also, I really like how you captured the bit about her eye being cold/lightless in contrast to the other light in the image. I hadn’t noticed that before you pointed it out! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I’ll dress your look but my eyes will sing a different song. Nice, Kim. I like the Shape also though I don’t know it’s meaning. Tea from the spout? A swatch of elegant cloth?

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    1. Thank you, Jim. I didn’t make that shape on purpose, it just kind of happened as I zoomed in from the overall picture to her eyes, stripping away the grandeur. Although the picture is called ‘The Cup’, I didn’t really consider it as important, – and then I thought hot tea/coffee/chocolate – cold eyes. But when I look at the shape of the poem, I see Art Deco geometry.


    1. The image is from two years before WW1, a period of affluence when the rich believed that they were safe, there wouldn’t be a war and then the Titanic sank. The atmosphere of the time seeps through the picture.


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