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September 2007, vol 3 no 3

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Diana Webb


A Spot on the Stream

To Millais,1852, threatened for trespassing:

Here; where vivid underwater weed forms huge spearheads pointing downstream, as the earth-brown flow around them laps through stones, above the place lit in brief spells through leaves, the place where a touch of white willow sways on the current. On the far bank purple loosestrife loops below twigs. A trunk lies close beside.On the near bank nettles.

You could have painted her here.

hands cupped
above the surface
fleeting demoiselle