Women in the Garden

an interpretation taken from a painting by Claude Monet


Britt Kulwicki


What I wouldn't give

to be a woman in the garden.

 

I would wear all white

with small colored details.

 

I would have my hair pinned back,

by a ribbon,

away from the nape of my neck.

 

My face would be nondescript

but entirely full of life.

Featureless,

yet so full of emotion.

 

I would have not a care in the world,

except for the sun's light ceasing.

 

I would be admired

from near,

by a successful man,

able to be out in the afternoon.

Romantic inquiry would cross his face

as he gazed at my pale complexion.

 

I would be surrounded

by fragrant flowers,

weaving them into wreaths,

or perhaps flower crowns.

 

So eloquent.

So secret.

 

A private afternoon.

 

What I wouldn't give

to be a woman in the garden.