2 June 2003 | Vol. 3, No. 2

Studio Visit

She baked a meatloaf. He told stories

that hurt her ears: debauched

Mexican nights. Peyote, hallucinations,

drowning in another woman's arms.

After dinner, they unrolled canvas onto the floor.

When each grazed the other's empty spaces,

neither one apologized.

Blue oils saturated my senses, pounded

my temples like a bass-line. A fugue of colors sung,

then grew transparent in their logic and grace.

"Inspired by String Quartet, Opus so and such"

he muttered, finger crooked in a painterly gesture.

When he said goodbye, the painting still tucked

under his arm, we dreaded the moment

he would relinquish it; and fall silent,

so we understood, for days.

His wife would go back to archiving his life, keeping

his portrait next to the bed like a suicide note.

The meatloaf really was superb, the wine purple

as a bruise.

About the author:

Cheryl Snell's work has appeared in many journals, including Antietam Review, Petroglyph, Comstock Review, Washington Review, 2River view, Stirring, Tryst, and miller's pond. Her chapbook of poetry, Flower Half Blown, was published in 2002 by Finishing Line Press and nominated for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Cheryl Snell at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 3, No. 2, where "Studio Visit" ran on June 2, 2003. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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