Saturday, April 2, 2016

napowrimo: day 2

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Prompt: a family portrait

You like to talk about how I made you hunt down a flower
                                                                                              in the middle of the Arizona desert
fifteen years ago

(It's only half of us:
my father
young, stubble, face sinking in
 I'm chubby, Dora in person, nothing much has changed)

Shrieks for petal softness

(the beach in the background, sun kissed skin, back when my skin was the color of the writing desk at your mother's home)

Wails for the calyx 

(I only have fake flowers in my room now, you know?)

     and we're both we're both we're both

Family portrait: "Lady Mary Neville and her son Gregory Fiennes," by Hans Eworth, Private collection. 

Scandal! Lady Mary Neville's first husband is executed because he probably killed someone. Lady Mary Neville hates this. Lady Mary Neville must restore the family's honor, obviously. So she commissions a portrait that is just exquisite enough to show everyone who's boss, after her A+ relationship with Queen Elizabeth I fixes everything up again.
                  In all seriousness, this portrait is an anomaly in British portrait painting up to that time. The identity of the subjects was disputed until the late 1980's, it depicts a mother and son. And Lady Mary's role is painted as that of a dominant person; her son is at her left, instead of the customary right that men would take (signifying their importance in a woman's life) at the time. 
    Gregory Fiennes's cheekbones are the envy of a nation. 

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