And then sweet knight what is a lord's one wish
That I should close my eyes and proffer up a kiss
My scarlet lips as yet unbruised
And chaste as any girl-child
My heavy hair inviting as your favourite filly's mane
And from my yearning skin
My heated pearls entice
And long to rein you in
Upon my virgin-pure embrace
My knowing look may yet deceive
A worldly knight
So gaze upon my portrait
And in your wisdom see
What? An innocent or wanton?
An actress-model for his oils?
The schoolgirl dressed in golden thread?
Or woman of your dreams.
Meg Marsden's poem inspired by the painting "Vanity" by F.C. Cowper