PICASSO’S FOUR WOMEN PAINTING
Jazz with the motor running; EMS van flashes past, loud beeping, and siren blasting warning drivers to the side/ this is emergency/ first responders have the right of way/ we are coming through/ move aside/ you block our passage/ life or death!
I crouch before yellow flowers of Goats Beard plants, relatives of dandelions, looking for insects / I catch tiny native bees in sunlight / their flights jerk and jump / left / right / up / down / hover – like me, manic/ impulsive/ darting like a half back who clutches a football down field / dodging in cubistic starts and stops/ fake left / fake right/ break a tackle/ charge through an opening into a clear field.
The Four Women in Picasso’s studio:
Left to right:
Number one – bare breasted all fashionable, stares at the painter, posing for the master who sees her form, color posture
Number two – she is reflected in a mirror – checks her hair and makeup, competes with woman number one
Number three – charges stage right, angry,
Number four – lounging, exhausted, distraught,