Nash, Edith / Practice the here and now: selected writings of Edith Nash
Le déjeuner des canotiers, p. 62
Le Déjeuner des Canotiers62 If you drown in a marriage Do you come up speaking French? We are looking at Renoir's Boating Party At the Phillips Gallery in D.C. We both see how happy they all are The women voluptuous in their hats One holds a little dog up for a kiss Another in a blue dress tilts her head with attention The men so secure in their leisure Wearing their manliness like a badge of honor Relaxed in their soft clothes, bare arms And in the blue corner, Gentlemen: top hatted, intent, upright Over it all the blessed sunlight Highlighting the dark wine in the carafes And the grapes messed on the table Bodies are swaying to the boat's movement Intimacies are exchanged, songs are sung Stories are told, Blue hangs in the corners And my young husband says in his choked up and musical voice, "Why don't we do that any more?"
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