PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom (WordTech Editions) and the chapbook, Election Day (Finishing Line Press). She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and received the Rosine Offen Memorial Award from the Free Lunch Arts Alliance, the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize from Ruminate, and the Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship from the Antioch Writers' Workshop. Recent work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Journal, Atlanta Review, CALYX, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review Online, New Madrid, The Southern Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. You can learn more about her work at


The Painted Lady and the Thistle

The painted lady alights on thistle,
       its winged mosaic aflutter with brilliance

and thirst. Here is Adam again,
       his brow stitched in toil,
his back breaking out in sweat.

       What will the blossom, edged
with thorny predicaments, offer

       as this butterfly plunges
its proboscis into the core
       ablaze with being?

Of course you already know.
       Every sip, a miracle, a curse

that never disappoints the one
       whose instinct is to drink
first, ask questions later.