Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne.
Last week I wrote about Eavan Boland's "Degas's Laundresses," click here if you missed it. In searching the internet, I found several Degas works that used laundrywomen as a subject. I also found many works depicting horses. The picture above combines the two favored subjects.
I've written my own ekphrastic poem to go with it:
Obsessive Compulsive: On Degas' Blanchisseuses et chevaux
Laundress was the perfect
job for her--the woman
who was always scrubbing
away at personal stigmas.
At work, imagined stains
were replaced by the tangible
make-up smears, wine drips,
menstrual blood, and sweat
rings of others' lives.
In cleansing them she
cleansed herself. But,
the horse? Why did she
stop that day on her way
to deliver the load of milk
white sheets perfectly
bleached and crisply folded?
Perhaps she merely stopped
to caress the beautiful creature
without the compulsion to strip
it of its sins and render it pure.
Perhaps...but not likely.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
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