John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus (1903)
He’s warbling to himself.
Stranger to me, and always,
whiskey unto himself.
I remained virginal.
My nerves are jangling.
He doesn’t want a wife.
What verve, as if I could climb
the stairwell, into him.
A narcissus grew where he left.
Prompt: This painting of classical mythology is by an English painter, John William Waterhouse. It is one of many works depicting women in Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. His work embraced the pre-Raphaelite style of painting. Narcissus had rejected the nymph, Echo, causing her to waste away. Nemesis, the goddess, heard her prayers and caused Narcissus to fall in love with his own reflection.