As for me, I am one of the two Tahitian Women –
Perhaps the one holding the platter of red blossoms
Gazing just to the left of the painter’s shoulder –
The one who looks as if she knows
She is no more than the platter of red blossoms –
No better, no worse.
Sunset light bleaches my cloth mauve
My companion’s turquoise.
We loved cloth.
Sh, daughter, and remember,
I am the one who won’t become
The platter of red blossoms
The one who gazes away
Just past the painter’s shoulder.
* Based on “Two Tahitian Women, 1848-1903”
by Paul Gauguin
Laima Donela (formerly Laima Sruoginis) graduated with a MFA from
Columbia University's School of the
Arts in 1994. Since then she received two Fulbright Lecturer's Grants
Writing, has edited a 389 page anthology on contemporary Lithuanian
literature ("Lithuania: In Her
Own Words", Tyto Alba, 1997) and now teaches Creative Writing at the
Southern Maine. Laima's poems and translations have appeared in several
("Child of Europe", Penguin, 1990, "Description of the Struggle",
"Two Worlds Walking", New Rivers Press, 1994), journals ("The Beloit
"Artful Dodge", "Writ", "Modern Poetry in Translation", "Mr. Cogito" and
others) as well
as a national bus poster series ("Streetfare Journal" 1993).
Presently Laima lives year round on Peaks Island, Maine with her husband
and three children.