She was ordinary
sitting in a flight
to somewhere
Clear face,
unadorned by make-up
shoulders modestly covered
She leaned forward
for her purse
revealing a bare waist
planted on a curved
bottom, covered
with a strap
in the shape of a V
a symphony
of simplicity and form

Underneath the exterior modesty
was the true self she inhabited
and was fully alive in

— Abraham Menashe
© 2017