Timeless – One Poem with Three Beginnings
A lovely lady
On a lovely day
Captured for all time
On public display
The artist’s view of the world
A colorful interpretation
A common event
A lucky event
If you ask me
A child at intense play in the garden
So much more still than a “real” child so small
A woman, unknown to us, a nanny, a mother? Watches nearby, her head in her sewing, her head in her reality, yet closely attuned to the child in the way of women.
The plants are represented with so much detail
To retain life immortal
A standard building of the time
Standard, we trust.
For who are we to know for sure?
The building rests solidly on the ground
I am struck
By how much artists throughout history have adored plants, nature, and translated that beauty that could truly be worth a thousand words
No matter how many millions of appreciators will walk through this room
Our tender lady will forever remain in silent contemplation of her sewing
The child shall forever remain involved in his play
The trees and flowers in perfect manicure
And the trained and untrained alike
I’ve submitted this poem to the GoodReads October Newsletter Contest. Wish me luck!