Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV, 1930
From York Beach, Maine
…Dearest I love you.
I am on my back – waiting to be spread wide apart – waiting for you
to die with the sense of you – the pleasure of you – the sensuousness of you touching the sensuousness of me – all my body – all of me is waiting for you to touch the center of me with the center of you –
…When I feel how your touching my body –getting into my body – has given all of me to you – all of you to me as much as one human being can get into and feel another of another – I wonder if there is any difference in body – and spirit – and soul and mind – aren’t they all one and the same thing --
…Its my body that wants you and it seems to be the only thought or desire that I have – it even seems to be my only memory of you – two bodies that have fused – have touched with completeness at both ends making a complete circuit – making them one – a circle that nothing can break – you have given me – the circle of the most painfully intense pleasure –
…Im in such a state that I could write about this all day –
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe