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Elizabeth Steele

Elizabeth Steele

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Lonely But Not Alone

after Edward Hopper’s painting
Room In New York

She plays the same three notes repeatedly,
compelled to press the keys
every time she sees a piano.

She loves pretty dresses,
specimens of sequins or silk
hardly worn, only seen
by her reflection.

She wishes the walls were less yellow.
She’d paint them blue like the sky.
She leaves the window open.
When shut, it feels as if the shadows
of the house come alive.

Edward Hopper, Room In New York, Oil On Canvas, 1932, in the F. M. Hall Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Edward Hopper, Room In New York, Oil On Canvas, 1932, in the F. M. Hall Collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln