Portrait of Woman in d’hermine pass (Olga)
Pablo Picasso, 1923
Replete in too much dignity, upright
upon a pearl-pocked chair, the queen reviews
herself–a head of colors, red in speckles,
rosy taffeta in creases spread
in webs along her nose. Two crevices
commence their digging,
trench encamped about the mouth.
Blanch the trenches!
Wipe the speckled head with white!
Slip in to a Sleeping Beauty sopor
and dream of princes promising
a yeasty conflagration when she rises.
They’ll dig along the lines of former laughter,
moans, a velvet doughy knowledge of her body,
but she can’t return her flown reflection
of her virgin self.