Bellocq

byTristesse2©

They're all here,
his girls,
caught for ever on fragile glass,
some clothed others
less modest.
He may have hidden
his misshapen ugliness,
his longing behind the lens,
lusting as he stood shrouded
by black cloth
that made him invisible
so easily.
They gladly posed,
singly or in twos
and threes, stilted little tableaus.
Was it his frantic fingers
that scratched away their faces
trying to beat down his demons?

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by demure10108/28/13

Great!

A clear picture - and then those last three lines...
I'm inclined to think he was.

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by twelveoone08/28/13

ah the story

of storyville
what stories they could tell
of those that are faceless in hell
but they are mouthless
oh well
(inspired by the comments of taz)

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by Ashesh908/27/13

Tess , he may have scraped out the faces to protect their

easy reputations : excellent Historical poem which made me google "Bellocq " ! thnx for sharin' .

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