and then this
This painting is called “In Erwartung (Gisela von Wehner)” (“Expectation”) by Albert von Keller and almost made me cry in the museum today. Expectation of what? And I know of what, or several possibilities – a kiss, or when you close your eyes and make a wish, “one two three, and he’ll be there, he’ll appear, he’ll contact” – and I know from standing outside of the frame that neither of those will come to her. I know her expectation will be disappointed, and still she sits there, eyes closed, ready, waiting for the impossible.
i am all strung out in song.