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Christina's World

(Andrew Wyeth, American Painter, 1917-2009)


Incomprehensibility is often 
as beautiful as knowledge.


I don’t remember just how old I was 
when I first saw her in that protracted crawl.
But I still recall the fear I felt at seeing her
in that open field alone, the frozen motion 
of her angular body, her spindly arms, 
her insect-like legs, her head with its partial face
looking up at the distant house, unreachable, 
exposed against a washed out sky. Strangest of all
was the absurb contradiction of her body: 
part living, part dead – the torso and shoulders 
raised up, the arms and hands pushing against 
the ground in her struggle to inch forward; this,
contrasted by the shape of her wasp-like hips, 
heavy, inert, and the exposed leg – wooden-like, 
useless – dragging from her pink dress.

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