With elements of a still life
fruits, crumbs and a dead bird on a table
partly covered with a folded white cloth
and the classical portrait, a beautiful woman
weeping as she peels onions, the viewer is
offered a mystery cloaked in incompatibility.
A beautiful woman in a lovely gown would
not likely pluck a chicken nor work in a darken
kitchen in preparation of a meal. The eye is
drawn to her light skin, in contrast to the dark
surroundings, her arms, her soft neckline, her
lovely profile, her left ear with a gold earring
her face expressing a sadness beyond the onions.
Has she married a man without enough money
to hire a cook? Has all her beauty gone for nothing?
“Is her grief equal to all these tears?”