La maja desnuda

I hold female authority in my breasts
(look up here!): roundly pointed sublimation,
lofty, wide with what embracing affirmation,
drifting higher than burnished cushioned silk,
broad between exalted circled signatures,
the dama of Spain’s King’s royal chess.

And coyly here, showing no overtures,
I hold a shadowy depravity cunningly concealed,
not even prettily posing there, but only
a reminder (barely, under adamant eaves-thighs)
of misty trees, forbidden cities, towers,
serpents, hanging gardens, asking why

while higher beauty eyes our love’s desires
lower knowledge frames our final fires
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1981

Goya: La Maja Desnuda