By Emily Sernaker

Featured art: Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

I try not to think about falling in love
too much, although sometimes I look
at pictures of Giverny.

You can visit you know.
See Claude Monet’s lily pad garden,
that famous footbridge.

I enjoy a good trip with my girlfriends.
A walk with my sweet mother.
But I want to see Giverny

with my partner. Whom I haven’t met.
Who might not want to fly 3,585 miles
to see a lily pad garden in France,

all of those pastels up close and floating.
Sometimes I check the website
confirming it’s open. That anyone can go.

Emily Sernaker is a writer and activist. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ms. Magazine, GOOD Media, Rattle, and Politics and Prose District Lines. She currently studies poetry at Pacific University.

Originally published in NOR 22.

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