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Celia Stuart-Powles – Ⅳ

Still-life with Red Cabbage and Onions 

                    Vincent Van Gogh, 1887 




The phthalo glazed

cabbages lay

in disarray


and a red onion

has been hewn

in twain—the


sweet onions,

(pungent in cadmiums)

seem to tremble


at the carnage.

The cloth terrain

slopes perilously,


shadows slide

cool as a clarinet,

then seduce me


as they avalanche:

the kiss of scandal

lurking in the red



or bleeding? Aftermath

or flirtation? The flame


of the artist singeing

the scene, brushing

the still into frenzy.