Beauty and Blue
Lucia Cherciu 

April 9, 2016


Beauty and Blue
Chagall, Bella in Mourillon

Don’t bring me flowers; better bring me fruit.
Not roses but raspberries, not gladiolas

but apricots. I can focus well next to a plate
of plums, or maybe eat them while I’m reading,

but dahlias unravel me, unlike Chagall’s Bella
in Mourillon, who is working next to a vase

of flowers that light up her face like a lamp.
Shadows slide, allude to a white rhythm

of home and dream. Green lines separate
petals from blue, connect shapes and longing.

The table opens and closes a universe
of yearning and yielding. Hypnosis of pistils,

trance of perfume. She concentrates despite
beauty and blue, enchantment of purple.


Lucia Cherciu was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1995. She teaches English at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY and her latest book of poetry, Edible Flowers (Main Street Rag, 2015), was a finalist for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Her other books of poetry are Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language), Editura Vinea 2009, and Altoiul Râsului (Grafted Laughter), Editura Brumar 2010. Her poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. Her web page is luciacherciu.webs.com.

What motivates her to create:
I have a three-year old daughter who loves words and books. Now that she is fluent in Romanian as a second language, we are learning Spanish together and every new word is cause for celebration, the way it happened when she was a baby. Similarly, writing poems keeps me connected to my inner child, makes me see the world with new eyes every day.