Ode to a Dressmaker's Dummy

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Papier-mache body; blue-and-black cotton jersey cover.  Metal stand.  Instructions included.
- Sears, Roebuck Catalogue

O my coy darling, still
 You wear for me the scent
  Of those long afternoons we spent,
  The two of us together,
 Safe in the attic from the jealous eyes
  Of household spies
 And the remote buffooneries of the weather;
  So high,
 Our sole remaining neighbor was the sky,
 Which, often enough, at dusk,
 Leaning its cloudy shoulders on the sill,
Used to regard us with a bored and cynical eye.

 How like the terrified,
 Shy figure of a bride
  You stood there then, without your clothes,
 Drawn up into
  So classic and so strict a pose
 Almost, it seemed, our little attic grew
Dark with the first charmed night of the honeymoon.
  Or was it only some obscure
 Shape of my mother's youth I saw in you,
There where the rude shadows of the afternoon
  Crept up your ankles and you stood
  Hiding your sex as best you could?-
  Prim ghost the evening light shone through.

© Basilio Ponce de Leon