Emily Bilman

Sheathless

Each time I tried on the green silk
Dress sewn for my body, on measure,
I watched her hands cut up and stitch
The paper-patterns, then swatch the dyes
On beige paper, gauging the hemline
Meticulously as if she were mulching
Her rose garden. Years later, loveless
And lonely, uprooted in a new town, I
Gathered rose leaves, core-shorn to their veins,
And they brought back her tears –
Sepia petals from her gift-roses that
Once graced our hands, streaming
Down her dolorous face, then dwindling
Into the sheathless specks of my despair.

EMILY BILMAN is London’s Poetry Society Stanza representative and hosts poetry meetings and seminars in her home in Geneva. Her poetry book in French is entitled La rivière de soi. Her poems have been published in The London Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Offshoots VII & XII, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Iodine ; in America The San Diego Annual 2014 and Aois 21 Annual ; The Inspired Heart Vols. 1, 2 & 3, and Ygdrasil in Canada. Two academic books, The Psychodynamics of Poetry and Modern Ekphrasis were published in 2010 and 2013. Her most recent poetry books are A Woman By A Well and Resilience. The reviews can be read on the Troubador/Matador UK website and at http://www.mciwritershouse.com/emily-bilman.html.