THE MUSEUM ISSUE
DaVinci, National Gallery
Along the corridors
the murmuring never stops.
Ginevra against the junipers,
her hair still alive.
Her sullen mouth is saying something
something I cannot hear.
I am cordoned off
by velvet ropes and centuries of loss,
while she, irises turned inward,
can no longer see
the damage that distance does.
Cheryl Snell’s books include
a novel, Shiva’s Arms (The Writer’s Lair Books),
and four collections of poetry: Flower Half Blown (Finishing
Line Press), Epithalamion (Little Poem Press), Samsara
(Pudding House), and the forthcoming Prisoner’s Dilemma,
winner of the 2008 Lopside Press chapbook competition. She serves as
book reviews editor for Alsop Review, and blogs at http://shivasarms.blogspot.com
Published in Volume
10, Number 1, Winter 2009.