Girl Without A Pearl Earring. – Nuala Watt

Girl Without A Pearl Earring.

She took them off to sleep.
Or did Vermeer insist

she left them in the realm
of oils and spirits?

Though it’s the same smell
as my mother’s workroom

Vermeer did not paint me.

Please never say, to me,
woman with disabilities.

They are not jewels.
I cannot put them down.

Nuala Watt’s poems have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and in anthologies including  Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press 2017)  and A Year of Scottish Poems (Macmillan 2018)