Susan Rich



To Paint Her Life Was One Solution

        after Charlotte Salomon, 1917-1943

As she walks heated hallways,
she imaginesher mother’s bones —
in beveled frames, as scorched

stones, rough surfaces riding inside her
throat. Between the wars, suicide
was fashionable — all the rage

among Berlin’s modern women
— and her mother always loved to follow
trends. Charlotte mouths her mother’s

favorite words — when I transform
into a ravaged star
— and then disappears
into her watercolors, paints a stone, a Nazi train car.


Photo Credit: Staff