Untitled (The Largest Room in the Salon)

Adam J. Gellings

It’s a naked woman 
pouring a pitcher of water
over another naked woman 
s t r e t c h I n g
across a canvas.
It’s a lot of small dots,
up close.
It’s a lion hunt,
far away.
It’s a canary feeding
on a nipple,
then breaking free
from the wall
with a throat full of milkweed.
It’s a beautiful, beautiful dress 
assembled from everything 
you’ve ever wanted 
to touch.
It’s the perfect rose, chipping
like a rose.
The hollowed ring 
of a musket.    The head
splitting open
at just the right angle.