Patricia Brody

 
 

BATHER IN THE WOODS/PISSARRO 

He foresaw hardship finding models
who would undress in rural Eragny.
To capture the effect of light
                           Striking a grassy bank
                           the woman’s back.

He had to paint the same pose, the women clothed.

We are the elders,
who gawked at Susannah
sluicing in her pool.
We are the elderly voyeurs
                          peeking under
pigments.                       Grease and sweat.
The painter’s probe                     his tool.
His bristle of pig hair.

 
 

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