"A Garden in Montmartre", oil on canvas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1880-1890
In the low, reddening sun,
the sweet smelling fields lay bare,
and the wind caresses them as a mother.
I smell the young Summer,
a child-like hypothesis of woman.
It quivers your hand in mine
and your laugh is a soft
whisper that finds no peace.
Princeton, New Jersey, June 2005
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