Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Jealousy, Lily, Ballroom, Rose

Firstly, let us note this great entry on jealousy among artists. If this ails you, get over it! Art is collaborative, not competitive. Secondly, Anonick featured an enjoyable parody of "Walrus and the Carpenter". Check it out. Also, the song Once Upon a December from Anastasia has become a favorite; it popped up while I was watching a ballroom dancing show on PBS. Speaking of which, I might take up ballroom dancing as a hobby this summer. Go me.

Now, once again, a painting poem. The previous entry of this sort talks about the benefits of combining different artforms to heighten or alter the effect on both ends. Right now I'm doing a series on John Singer Sargent, though I'm probably going to touch on Monet soon. Here's the painting, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Also, the story behind its creation is very interesting; scroll down for that. Painting 2-3 minutes a day to capture a certain twilight effect is intense. Now, the poem:


Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
               ~John Singer Sargent

Lit-garden spell, the spell of white
Is beyond smiles; in awe, and fire
Flying to touch, the two
Design light paper stars,
Twilight mirrors in soft glory
Rivaled only by their keepers.
Singing lilies, choir-petals
Pink in rapture; red rings
Dress-bells for thrice-felt beauty
Flush in, around, and everywhere.

By Neil Hester


Compare the above to this poem. Notice any similarities? Every poem in this series will be 10-line free verse with couplets of matching lengths that vary from couplet to couplet: a brief, but intricate observation of the painting. That said, the painting is beautiful, the lighting in particular; matching twilight and lantern light is a beautiful and evanescent thing. Evanesce...nt.

Take Care,


Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

Good poem. Now that's one less for me to write. I'm jealous.


10:08 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

I had never seen that image before, it is quite beautiful. I like the music in this poem, and esp. the part "the spell of white/Is beyond smiles."

5:11 PM  
Blogger AnoNick said...

Cool poem, expresses the painting vividly. I'm not an expert on paintings anyway (not even close), but I urge you to keep writing such wonderful interpretations. :-)

8:53 PM  

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