Woman with Dog (Frau mit Hund)

Larry Dean

Katharina Fritsch (2004)

Caught mid-stroll along the promenade
in some strange underwater kingdom,
    then transported
to this dry land periphery,
faithful companion by her side.

Not quite human or canine,
    nor disquieting,
despite the lack of faces:
dog's a dent of muzzle,
woman's marginella sans gastropod.

A clamshell skirt
may be everyday
attire in Atlantis
but here it seems rather fusty.

Still, that hat would provide
serious shade from the sun,
    or keep off kelp
and sundry sea debris.

Such a whimsical scene
makes onlookers chuckle

but shouldn't someone
    wonder what
the stave in her hand is for?