~ Reflections after attending current exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum;

"The Berlin Painter"

Vase detail ~ Greek, Attic, ca 500-494 B.C.

I am half-male, half-female. It is not shocking or unfamiliar. Vestige from deep pasts along with present curiosities sooth any pain for what is no longer there. A memory of what is like to be flat chested and open hearted remains in the back of my eyes. I face my own anatomy on a vase. What was hidden behind my breast is now my left chest. My heart behind it's intercostal cage has only a thin layer of skin. It's beating exposed. I can hear it louder now. But it can be so easily wounded. If I knew I wouldn't have deeply wounded so many hearts. A simple touch would've been enough to imprint so many lovers.