Monet confided to his journal, "All the while she was dying, I could not stop painting her face."
—Monet at Vétheuil
He will paint her again as grain;
now she is fog
the chantilly fog of the Seine:
avoiding no hint of the slow dissolve,
the bandage around her jaw,
rigor's cramp at the lip,
how death abraded and hollowed her,
while he remembered light.
Had he a failed heart
or a wholly transfigured eye
that knew her tonight as water
convulsion and sky?
that stared through layers of the body
at more than it took to die?