Wandering galleries filled with Van Gogh,
Picasso, Matisse, I find a dim room,
its curved wall lit with a stretch of saturated blue,
water lilies, reflection of sky and pink-tinged clouds.
A golden-haired woman, face soft with wonder,
studies curator’s notes, turns toward the artist’s pond.
Drawn by certain joy, I approach--
Have you been to Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie?
It has canvases like this one, I say,
Monet’s gift to the country he loved.
With a shake of her head, she speaks, reveals
distance traveled to walk along this shore.
She smiles, enters Giverny,
gifts this silhouette of a sonnet to me.
Diana Dinverno was a finalist for the New Rivers Press 2015 Short Story Prize. Her work appears in The MacGuffin, Peacock Journal, Peninsula Poets, and American Fiction, Volume 15: The Best Unpublished Stories by New and Emerging Writers. More at: dianadinverno.com.
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