Shadowed In

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
Édouard Manet

Shadowed in.

My chance to be near her,

carnival mirror

coated in silver.

Oh, cruel curvature

the tangerine service,

small luxury 

for which I cannot pay.

Gift in a gold-frame.

She is the gentle solution,

my stoic Suzon,

thin and nude,

an optical illusion.

©2023 | K. Hartless

d’Verse Poet’s Pub | Quadrille: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. 44 lines on the mirror


  1. thin and nude,
    an optical illusion

    If only we get to see ourselves as what is reflected then in our mind, we have no quarrels with the whole world. In fact it is, as we can’t see any difference of yesterday’s image to that of today’s since we are seeing ourselves everyday. Good one, Hartless, Ma’am!



    • Thank you, Hank. I like your musings on the everyday making all the subtle little changes unnoticeable. I think there is a self that perhaps never alters, despite the mirror’s wisdom (or allusion). I appreciate your thoughtful comments.


    • Yes, indeed. There’s surely a carnival in the Manet, and I like to think we’re all pulling off an illusion with our time spent in the mirror. I am so glad you stopped by to read this one. Thank you.


    • Actually, most mirrors are coated in silver, but this one has a golden frame. Changing frames is a brilliant idea, though. I think it would be a huge hit. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. this is one of the most boring paintings I’ve encountered so was interested in what you did with it: you transformed it, juiced it up; loved the ‘cruel curvature’; still I wouldn’t be too proud to be offered a glass or two of champers for a poor boy visiting from ‘the colonies’ 🙂

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    • Oh man, this painting always did it for me. If I bored of the foreground, I could switch into crowd gazing. Yes, I think the painting let’s us be there. The invisible voyeur customer. 😊

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    • Thank you. I imagine she’s bored with all the propositions the endless booze. Desensitized, my Suzon. It’s as if bother we say could surprise her. I appreciate you interacting with my post. 💜

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