Leda and the Swan: Paul Gauguin

by Jerry Ratch

Leda looks back over her shoulder at us as the swan

grips her from behind while at the same time nipping at

the nape of her neck. She's a freckled child and

a little frightened. There's a dark smudge beneath her eye

where the shadow runs. The swan won't stop

and won't hear of it. His long neck arched over her

back and head, and long wings spread out covering

most of her from behind as she looks over her

shoulder with the damp hair swept back behind her ear