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The Kitchen Maid

Inspired by the painting “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer (see image)

Light that streams through an open window
Falls elegantly on her face
Shadows that stretch from nothing
Gives the scene its unique grace

Concentration on her face, it seems
As she stands and pours the milk
Light glistens from the liquid
Gives the appearance of pure silk

The bread upon the table
Crusty and broken apart
The texture perfect and simple
But definitely not, à la carte

Her clothes so plain and snug
With colours so basic and bright
Stiching in seams that need mending
Highlights her humble plight

The walls are plain and placid
As the light fills the room
Through broken panes in window frames
But it’s not a world of gloom

The lighting is so subtle
The shadows crisp and clear
With exquisite attention to detail
It's no wonder it brings a tear

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