NUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE
~ by X. J. Kennedy
Toe after toe, a snowing flesh,
a gold of lemon, root and rind,
she shifts in sunlight down the stairs
with nothing on. Nor on her mind.
We spy beneath the bannister
a constant thresh of thigh on thigh.
Her lips imprint the swinging air
that parts to let her parts go by.
One-woman waterfall, she wears
her slow descent like a long cape
and pausing on the final stair,
collects her motions into shape.
In the 1960s Joe Kennedy pays homage to the Marcel Duchamp painting of 1912, an icon of modernism.