PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Heather Ann Schmidt is an MFA candidate at National University. She works at Oakland Community College in the  ESL department and edits tinfoildresses poetry journal.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pennsylvania English, Word Catalyst, The Shine Journal, Orange Room Review and Pirene's Fountain among others. She has a chapbook, Njaa (recycled karma Press, 2009) and a full collection of poems, Chasing Lou Hoover to be released by Village Green Press.

Ganymede | Elegy Wrapped in an Etude



a stray iris--
smooth, milky

hiding behind Jupiter.

It is as if I can touch
this marble blown
out of the mouth of God

and play

with the galaxies,
trying to figure
out the alignment 
of reality.

Tonight, I rearrange my future
by connecting the dots
and coloring in 
the empty spaces

with a palette
of reflected light 
and fire.


Elegy Wrapped in an Etude

I played that sonata for you
and you heard the f minor
striking repeatedly
against the windows

and now notes 
hang from the ceiling,
waiting for you 
to sit in the red velvet chair

and say

Play me that song,
the one by Chopin.

and so I sit at the bench
listening to my insides
rocking back and forth

and wait for the first
note to haunt me.

Edgar Degas "Ballerine in Rosa"