Idle Sweet Briar
I am Krishna, blue skin divides
into one hundred selves,
to make love to cow girls
in knee-high grass pressed down.
My legs wrap around each one,
a universe of silks —
above quadrangle crops and bells
delightful cloud-scapes drift.
No hearts break from fear or rage,
no sinks to clean or bills to pay —
I am one hundred cow girls
tapping cows with sticks.
© 2009 Laraine Armenti
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Laraine Armenti is a visual artist working with direct observation in painting, drawing, and collage. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Printmaking/Etching, ’80) and an MFA from Boston University (BU Painting, ’13). Awards and residencies include the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Artists Valentine, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Beijing Inside Out Art Museum. Concurrent with painting, in high school she developed skills in isometric drawing that led to working in the computer industry in illustration, publication design, and slide graphics for international corporate conferences. She has taught painting and drawing at Cambridge Center Studio School, Danforth Museum School, Wheaton College, and Boston University. Her work is exhibited in New England and Beijing, China.