I attended a poetry reading and workshop called Inspiration, Process and Outcomes at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool yesterday hosted by poets Maria Isakova-Bennett and Michael Brown. At the end of the workshop I had written this poem in response to Shirley Baker's photograph Glamorous Elderly Lady Smoking
Glamorous Lady Smoking
She's lost the woman she used to be
She looks in the mirror and paints in what's missing
Do you like my hat love?
Damson Plush it is, Billy liked it,
You've got to make an effort haven't you?
Coral Spring my lipstick is, do you like it?
Love of my life, back in the day.
He's still there,
in the mirror.