Edgar Degas, pastel on paper, 1900-1902
It would not do to come undone
for a stray hair
landing on a cheek
It would not do to draw attention
for an unsteady smile
or shaking hand
to hint at
Take a moment to compose yourself.
It would not do to come undone.
This piece was published in the 2012 edition of Ballyhoo, an annual arts publication by The King’s University College.