La Coiffure 1896 Degas (Brushing Her Hair)
It is all in the act of caring.
You are needing me as I you.
Your strong arms yield softness while
I yield to the strokes that burnish me.
There was another time when we
paired our talents, cherishing memories
at the seas’ shore, when I depended on you
to disentangle threads of my being
weighing heavily on my shoulders.
Maria Keane served as adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Wilmington University, New Castle Delaware from 1984-2009. She received her M.A. from the University of Delaware (Phi Kappa Phi.) Maria, a visual artist and a published poet, is an Arts and Letters member of the National League of American Pen Women, and an artist member of the Howard Pyle Studio of Wilmington and the National Association of Women Artists. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and the National League of American Pen Women have awarded her distinctions for poetry. Maria has contributed ekphrastic poems to the Biggs Museum of American Art from 2005-2011. She was awarded a Professional Fellowship jointly from the NEA and the Delaware Division of the Arts in 1997. )