A Poet Reflects

Bonnard’s Reflection
His bedrooms reek of sex and melancholy: whose leg flexes across a shoulder, whose hot hand finds a thigh, arms around the smooth swerves of whose back?  We clutter, he says, and choke.  We fail love, telling all sorts of lies. The whole pink globe of the cherry tree pressed against one window, blotting the sky out.  Eros erodes us.  This is where itch begins to rhyme with ache: one more nail in whose coffin?  You’ll wait and see.  Flowers on the down comforter already hissing and whispering what it is they know to the flowers on the dawn curtain.
—Eamon Grennan, poem first appeared in The New Yorker, April 3, 2000
Painting: Model in Backlight by Pierre Bonnard

Bonnard’s Reflection

His bedrooms reek of sex and melancholy:
whose leg flexes across a shoulder, whose
hot hand finds a thigh, arms around the
smooth swerves of whose back?  We clutter,
he says, and choke.  We fail love, telling
all sorts of lies. The whole pink globe
of the cherry tree pressed against one window,
blotting the sky out.  Eros erodes us.  This
is where itch begins to rhyme with ache:
one more nail in whose coffin?  You’ll wait
and see.  Flowers on the down comforter
already hissing and whispering what it is
they know to the flowers on the dawn curtain.

—Eamon Grennan, poem first appeared in The New Yorker, April 3, 2000

Painting: Model in Backlight by Pierre Bonnard

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