Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

square woman

in a window –

green rubber apron –

starry eyes

look down at a little black dog

by a lamppost. –

bare blue arms


she is bent

over a white cold glossy bucket –

she wrings the cloth –

white foamy soap-water

gushes in fine hard jets

out between red fingers

like milk out of a cow’s udder –

the cloth is a chemise,

the upper half of one. –

white chemise over white shoulders –

she wears a sky-blue smock. –

some of the hair has fallen over her brow –

the windows will soon be glossy;

she sees through them.

proud –

then she glides away from the window

in a soft jump

out behind –

merely a newly polished window

across the street.