ARTIST : Claude Monet (1840~1926)
PAINTING : Camille Monet sur son lit de mort (translated : Camille Monet on her death bed)
EXHIBITION : Musee d’Orsay (Paris ; summer 2007)
Aiming his medical camera beneath my sterile sheets,
he swabs some protein specks, waits as they turn
to white, to the pearly lace of cancer.
This scene should not be happening~~I still adore
my husband, our daughter is due for vaccines~~yet
here it is: a doctor who invites me to watch along
as he takes a final sample. Cells as lovely as
the gauze, en blanc, shrouding Camille Monet.
by Therese L. Broderick