X. J. Kennedy Nude Descending a Staircase is probably my favorite poem based of a piece of artwork. The poem brings out a refreshing vibe from this painting by Marcel Duchamp. Each verse has something I love about it. A gold of lemon, this line conveys elegancy with a zest. She proceeds down the stairs “with nothing on. Nor on her mind.” I imagine the figure move with an air of class and celestial qualities. She has no problems troubling her and is carefree with a simple smile. One-woman waterfall is a perfect metaphor for this painting. The ending of the poem is successful in tying everything together into one neat package, also relating back to the artwork, all motions summing into one collective pose.