Garden Center Venus de Milo

half size and limestone     this goddess never had
arms     no hand to hold the apple of gold
you can tell she knows she is a copy
but even so     among the birdbaths
anxious bourgeois rabbits gargoyles gnomes
waiting for homes on suburban lawns
she stands     detached     brazen yet
modest     regal in her drape that barely
covers the mons     in her corner     oblivious
to the commerce for which she was formed
dusty     unsurprised no one has bought her
or seems to mourn her unlooked for absence
in their yard     her softness in hardness carved
unsigned     ignored by neighboring angel
she is herself unwinged     to be worshipped here
goddess of love and beauty


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