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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 4, December 2015


Donna Buck
Carlsbad, California, USA

Double Take

Scanning the walls of my apartment for the first time, my guy surveys the impressionist work first. Then he pauses at a print on the wall opposite the entry. It's my favorite. Bougereau's The Shepherdess. How mysteriously she glances back at the viewer; the softness in her so-brown eyes. Her earthy innocence.

Since there's such a long pause, he must see it too. But no. "What a dull piece of art," he says. "So plain. She just blends into the landscape."

"No, no," I argue. "She's ethereal. Look at her soulful eyes. She knows who she is. So at one with nature."

"Want to know the real story?" he adds. "That backward look? The artist just 'tapped her,' and she knows he'll be back for more."

I sigh and wonder what he sees in me.

nesting doves
the shadowed patio

Editor's Note: View The Shepherdess here.



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