My second mate was a round-cheeked
, silent young man, grave beyond his years, I thought; but as our eyes happened to meet I detected a slight quiver on his lips.
In "October 31," she studies various images of women: "Two women worship a red cloth" or "the woman / is round-cheeked
, / sturdy" or "some of the bears and birds are girls." The poem concludes with "the sea's a girl, the map's a girl." In pondering her own predicament as a young woman, the poet finds signs wherever she looks of what it means to be a girl--to be young, fertile, unknowing.
There are a couple of framed photographs of her in the room, and in her baby pictures she's smiling, all squinty and round-cheeked
, but in the later pictures, like the one of her blowing out the candles on her twelfth birthday cake, she just stares into the camera, her face solemn.
Many wept as the slide show pictured Josie as a round-cheeked
baby, a playful toddler and a loving child ( cradling her younger siblings, cuddling the family pets and playing in the sunshine and the snow.
The loving couple at the center--handsome, smiling, strong worker Valera (Maxim Averin) and his blond, round-cheeked
helpmate Marina (Victoria Tolstoganova)--might have stepped out of a Stalinist film of the '50s.
Instead of the sleek, round-cheeked
figures so admired by my parents, today's dominant image is that of the near-anorexic model or film star.