Matisse’s Woman with Aquarium
. . . Her husband away, her children
romp on the wide lawns of the park
under budding chestnut trees.
The day, ribbon-long,
stares through clouded glare.
Her lover, clean-shaven and combed,
waits at the cafe below.
–excerpt from “Museum Piece” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani (Windstorm Creative, Orchard House Press, now Blue Forge Press, 2007). First published in Curbside Review.