August 2020 National Artist Workshop: 
Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC
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"The Boating Party"

“The Boating Party” By CASSATT

Looking directly into his eyes
she feels the pull, ache
of his hands on the oars,
the pressure of yellow wood
in his arch, the harsh tickle
of his old wool cap black with
chimney dust and sweat.
A feathering of spray
on her naked nape dries quickly
in a refreshening breeze,
she trembles slightly from the chill.
She wishes he would pull
the bunched jacket from his
thick sweatered middle.
His eyes reflect lapis from the lake.
Her eyes, dark, water in the wind.
The child’s legs rest heavily
between her thighs, swinging,
swinging with the boat’s motion.
A tear snakes down her cheek
and suddenly she wants to go home.

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