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Shyann Parks

Shyann Parks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple In Routine

after Edward Hopper’s painting
Room In New York

Walls yellow as mustard spread thinly
Arm chair red velvet, color of her dress
Unnoticed by her husband absorbed in current events
Years of piano lessons, no one to play for

Seven years of marriage
Silence, except the rustle of his newspaper
A quiet met with gratitude
A quiet that suppresses

She once performed in sold-out recital halls
Now a secretary at a law firm
Receiving calls, relaying messages
In an office without a window

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