The Ghost of Madame Cézanne
by Doug Tanoury

    Madame Cézanne
    Haunts my study
    In ghostlike apparition
    She appears
    Again and again
    With cheeks painted a bit too red
    And makeup caked across her face

    Each time I see her
    I think she wears
    The countenance of strife
    The shades of sadness
    She never speaks but
    Sits silently in a chair
    Posed in resentment

    Her eyes angry openings
    Her mouth closed and pouting
    Her jaw clenched
    A face hard
    And humorless
    She is a model of domestic troubles
    Wearing a green hat

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