I have traveled long to inhabit your Casa Azul.
I walk through your corridors.
I step outside and make my hands sore
to cut the landscape, bring it back indoors,
and set it on the easel as you like best.
Everything here is enormous. Objects fill the space.
A huge papier-mâché skeleton sleeps soundly on the canopy
of your bed, los xoloitzcuintles and your pet deer Granizo
walk undisturbed, the Aztec gods guard over all.
You filled Diego’s room with a thorn necklace
so big it will entangle him.
I plunge into your crowded bathtub, amid volcanoes
and floating dresses. I emerge renewed. A giantess.
I walk back to your room. You are not there.
I read the note you left me:
“Me entenderás, cuando te duela el alma como a mi.”
You poured vino tinto in a glass. I drink it lavishly.
My body is so dark now and a new whiteness tints the sky.