August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over


Frame by Frame

Le Moulin de la Galette, by Renoir

She visits the paintings in the art museum,
her imagination diving into the
landscapes and seascapes,
people dancing in a courtyard
or eating lunch in lush gardens.

How lovely to envision herself in these settings:
see clouds arrive over the tops of mountains,
feel the breeze off the ocean,
hear music and the other dancers chatting,
taste triangular sandwiches,
smell the perfume of flowers.

A stroll in the museum offers a variety of fantasies,
frame by frame
old-fashioned and unhurried.

Unlike the sprinting frames of movies
where you vicariously live
as a superhero or spy
or beautiful person falling in love with another beautiful person
or someone who always says the witty thing
that makes everyone else laugh
or the detective who always finds the guilty person
or the unlikely hero who always saves the world.

Here, inside the paintings,
she can be something more nuanced:
herself in a different world,
seeing how it fits.


Le Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876).



LOVE When Stacked

Venus of Urbino, by Titian (image from Wikimedia Commons)

LOVE spelled in a single line, the letters stretch out
like Venus of Urbino lounging without a worry
of catching a chill from evening air
whispering through the opened window.
Also, she doesn’t look worried about you seeing her naked.
Her enticing eyes seem to show that she’s enjoying it.
If you were to visit her, you wouldn’t have to pick flowers,
since she’s clutching her own bouquet.
Although your presence would surely awaken the dog,
so be prepared to pet it before you shoo it out of the room.
Then there’s the awkward company of the two ladies
in the background, but Venus might shoo them out of the room
if you were to climb onto her bed.

when stacked,
the letters
do not invite you in,
because they are
quite content
by themselves.
With a person on top,
another on the bottom.
Active in the sharing of love:
embracing and kissing.
Possibly more,
as suggested by the
playfully tilted O.

LOVE sculpture (Robert Indiana), photo by Matt Harris (Flickr)

Venus of Urbino was painted by Titian (1538). LOVE sculpture is by Robert Indiana, and it was installed in Philadelphia in 1976. Photo is by Matt Harris (Flickr).