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Painterly Pearl

Saint Paul, 13 March 2011

A few Dutch painters
pulled white rabbits from
pre-enlightenment top hats

Vermeer's sleight of hand
was indirect sunlight 

Playing her eyes off the pearl
like a magician performs
a three-cup shuffle

The pearl forever transformed
by light rendered wavy by
the girl's circumstances 

He sawed her box in two
long before future historians 
could deny his intent