This poem is taken from Stand 225, 18(1) March - May 2020.

Laura McKee Three Poems
nude on carpet

I decide to live inside her knees                                    
this girl on the wall
at the portrait awards

she is naked and that is all
I can identify with
the lines around the sockets

the artist wanted her
because she is so expressive
she only stares

her pink cheeks hint
she’s alive
a grown-up Lucie Atwell child

she is all about
the coiffured messy top knot
and just there pubes

but her knees are real
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