Carpe Diem

She’d taken time

Taken her grief and pain

Took a trip on a plane

Took in sights

Took photographs

Returned to chilly British summer

Took a seat

For her portrait

Quizzical eyebrow raised

Under the Tuscan hat’s brim

The one she’d bought too late

Tension kept beneath the skin

Behind grey eyes

Under a grey sky

Her mood as grey

As her sweater


That for once

She had seized the day


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Inspired by a painting from the Camden Art Collection by Jean Cooke