Girl 'Rose Delores' - by Alfred Cheney Johnston, ca 1920; |
image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Notes: The form is Kyrielle Sonnet.
The poem was prompted by the Thirty by Thirty Challenge theme of 'plum.'
Going on from there, I searched for a plum (or even a plumage) quote to use as a possible epigraph, and found this: "I always loved fish for the colors and birds for the plumage. In the same way, I loved those women of the cabaret. They were birds of paradise," by Christien Louboutin. I realized that his quote is really about true cabaret performers, so I didn't use it per se, but somehow, my mind made the leap to the Sondheim musical Follies, and hence Ghosts in Plumage.