Written By: Alita Pirkopf
The glass pitcher
slipped onto the floor
near my bare feet.
into large broken pieces
and smaller splinters, shards:
the tiniest, almost invisible bits,
sparkled in far corners.
I cleaned up carefully,
my kitchen window,
a glimpse of trees and sky—
outside, of course,
but also outside expectations
of my being the perfect housewife,
Angel in the House.
An article on
Piero della Francesca
lies before me, carefully cut out,
more valuable to me than diamonds—
brightening, reflecting, through words,
Francesca’s interests outside
the previous perfect painter’s role,
outside accepted Medieval beliefs,
outside his window and in nature.
About the Author
After growing up in Seattle, Alita attended Middlebury College in Vermont. Later, she received a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Denver. She became increasingly interested in feminist interpretations of literature. Eventually, she enrolled in a poetry seminar, and poetry became a long-term focus and necessity.