Monet's Les Nympheas

the long curved
room, the walls

starting to
shimmer, breathe

A Chinese girl
sitting on the stone
bench next to me,

dazed, smiling

The lilies moving
into both of us
Recent books from LYN LIFSHIN: The Licorice Daughter: My year With Ruffian, Texas Review Press; Another Woman Who Looks Like Me, Black Sparrow at Godine, following Cold Comfort and Before It’s Light, Desire and 92 Rapple. She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Also out recently: Nutley Pond, Persephone, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, Lost In The Fog, Light At The End, Jesus Poems And Ballet Madonnas, Katrina, Lost Horses. Forthcoming: Chiffon, All The Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living And Dead, All True: Especially The Lies. Her web site is