Friday, April 27, 2012

A Poem for Shabbat VI

January 18, 1979 - John Yau (1950-)

So often artists have painted a woman
washing, or combing her hair.
And nearby is a mirror.
And there you were, crouched in the tub.
It was cold in the apartment.
It is always cold in winter.
But you were brushing your hair
and singing to yourself.
And, for a moment, I think I saw
what those artists saw -
someone half in love with herself
and half in love with the world.

I found this poem in David Lehman (ed.), The Oxford Book of American Poetry.

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