A portrait of Virginia Woolf

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Dropping off our daughter at your flat, I see

you’ve bought a portrait of Virginia Woolf.


It’s a picture of her I’ve not seen in years –

not since I read Vita’s love letters to her.


You can tell she was troubled, even in this;

almost feel the weight that would pull her under.


Like her, we share that unsteadiness of mind:

streams of consciousness deep enough to drown in.


But while you see only her photograph’s age,

I hear blessed spirits, dancing her to rest.