A couple with their heads full of clouds (a poem)

The January 23rd prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to write a poem that either uses the title of a Salvador Dalí work as the title, or includes four items from a list of titles of his work. I ended up doing both.

She looked down at the table
her eyes absent-mindedly searching
for a memory hidden beneath layers of time
flickering back and forth
like a pendulum swinging freely
unbound by the laws of physics

The two pieces of bread
in the basket by the edge of the table
sat untouched—gradually, imperceptibly hardening
under the steady flow of stale air
coming from the wall-mounted air conditioner
angrily expressing the sentiment of love

He sat silently, mouth closed
as if sitting for a self-portrait in the studio
hands folded into a cathedral of thumbs
thoughts empty as the room around them
eyes as fixed and immobile as his hands
focused on the vision in front of him

(23 January 2015)