Poetry 2013 / Volume 44

Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe — Richard Donnelly

just like Manet’s famous painting
let’s get Caroline to come with us
to Afton State Park
and take off her clothes
while we have a picnic
in the grass

she’ll do it I know she will
she’s an artist
she knows that painting far
better than you or me

my god
Caroline in the grass think of it
a couple bottles of wine
come on
what’s the problem they did it
a hundred and fifty years ago

I mean
it’s ancient history before indoor
plumbing or razor blades
who are we in this day
and age
to deny our chance

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