Friday, July 24, 2009

More poems from France(works in progress)

From a Chateau in Bordeaux

Red the roses at the end of vineyard rows

Revered in Gothic symmetry, translucent

scarlet and sky blue your petals and sepals

flower of Aphrodite and the virgin.

Watch flower of the vine

from grafted shoots to budbreak, the fruit

caressed and pruned through summer bloom

warmed in autumn by smudge pots among the vines.

Perfumed promise, protector of vine and vein

where flows the wine darker than blood spill

Sensitive to afflictions of the vine

your own blight an early warning

Flower and thorn suffer alike, the black rot

Omen of your own sacrifice.

The Nude

Figure drawing class, France

It is the delicate features;

Nose and mouth and brows

Which the artist sees.

The model, naked

wears a studied malaise

larger than life, she is “full”

a kind word.

Look at her fingers,

The artist says,

beautiful and the wisps of curl

about her face, beautiful

breasts full to her waist

if one could see

the waist in her folds.

The artist does not see the scar;

the nude has had her stomach

shrunken(for a short time

as these things seem to go)

the folds of flesh cascade to

thighs larger than two of mine,


The artist says

try a wash, fill it with color,

you see the design

there on her robe interesting, no?

Negative space,

the turn of her neck,

the angle of her chin.

Five minute poses

like a poem, no?

the artist says

a new pose

the figure turns away

arms thrown up, head tilted

bold angle and arc of her back

draw the eye

to light at play with the dark twist of her neck

to form lines thick and thin in turn

flow across the page

the back a soft milk white roundness

the texture of the nude

her arms swing down

and a slender finger tip dips just so

toward the dusk silk pillow on the floor.

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