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WEDDING PORTRAIT (Excerpt)
by David Dominguez

Yesterday afternoon, I hung a framed print in the living room—
a task that took two head-throbbing hours.
It’s a wedding portrait that we love: Frida and Diego Rivera.
I wonder how two people could consistently hurt each other,
but still feel love so deeply as their bones turned into dust?
Before Frida died, she painted a watermelon still life;
before his death, Diego did too.
I want to believe that those paintings were composed
during parallel moments because of their undying devotion.
If I close my eyes, I can see melon wedges left like
centerpieces except for the slice
Diego put on the table’s corner—
one piece of fruit pecked at by a dove
that passed through a window. . .

MORE: Read “Wedding Portrait” by David Dominguez in its entirety at poetryfoundation.org.

SOURCE: “Wedding Portrait” appears in David Dominguez‘s collection The Ghost of Cesar Chavez (C&R Press, 2010), available at Amazon.com.

IMAGE: “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Wedding Portrait” by Frida Kahlo (1931).

NOTE: Artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were married on August 21, 1929.

David Dominguez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Dominguez earned a BA in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He is the author of the collections Marcoli Sausage (2000), published in Gary Soto’s Chicano Chapbook Series, Work Done Right (2003), and The Ghost of César Chávez (2010). Dominguez’s poems have been published in the anthologies The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2007), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (2008), Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (2009), and Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing (2010).  Dominguez is the co-founder and editor of The Packinghouse Review. He teaches at Reedley College in Reedley, California.