When Rousseau Leaves His Studio He Sees Things Differently by Rosanne Ehrlich Lunch in a garden courtyard, beneath a Paris balcony, where a ginger cat stalks prey in the passage of the mealy worm, or a lion crawls behind the potted palms where the Gypsy sleeps and Tigers glisten beneath the citron sprays from his lunch-time winter orange. He takes a mid-day walk along the city waters, midway between the river with its mynah birds and the canaries sold at wooden stalls. He sees an old woman in a ripped sweater the color of raw meat, meat the Hungry Lion eats as the sun sets behind the jungle. Later, the full moon lighting his balcony, he stands above jungle flowers, grown as hyacinths, their blue lights sounding the farthest poundings of the Dreamer’s night-long, darkest dreams.
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Rosanne Ehrlich’s work has appeared in Persimmon Tree, Panoplazine, The Voices Project, Wingless Dreamer’s “Dark Poetry Collection”, Vine Leaves Press and Fiftywordstores.