Inspired by a painting of French can-can dancer Jane Avril by Toulouse Lautrec
Jane Avril in October showers,
Draggled peau de soie and tulle,
Black on mustard, red and green,
Scaly boa twines swivelly hips.
A trunkful of can-can pleats and crinolines,
Icons of molded breasts, wooden monkeys,
A slinky toy that walked down stairs
One elephant foot at a time.
© by Laurie Joan Aron.
Used with the author’s permission.