Unfinished Portrait

Mary Burmaster

Before he painted,
Leonardo darkened my lips with a plum
and slipped the fleshy pit into my mouth.
It was sour, but I held it on my tongue.

Mary Burmaster was a 2001-2002 Loft Mentor Series Winner in poetry. She is currently an MFA Candidate at HamUniversity and has studied at the Naropa Institute and Prague Summer Seminars. She teaches English to adult immigrants, whose personal stories give her courage and inspiration.