Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Masterworks Series: Sunflowers

Sunflower Celebration in Blank Verse*

She walks along the dampened garden path
To gather flowers for the entrance room.
The morning sun shines softly on the hill
Where grass still glistens from the heavy dew.

On ordinary days, the garden walk
Would calm her mind like gentle summer winds,
But on this day her thoughts are soaring high
Considering the guest to grace her home.

Her thoughts are set on welcoming her friend
Returning after years of work abroad.
That sweet connection latent in her heart
Now wakens with the thoughts of friendships past.

Shared memories would be the common ground,
Yet even in their separate stories from
The years apart, the glad communion would
Remain to forge new days of caring trust.

So now her eyes behold the yellow blooms
That call out beauty, friendship, life and peace.
She chooses boldly – nothing subtle here –
A lively brightness in a single vase.

                                                                    ~ CK

*Blank verse: "Unrhyming iambic pentameter, also called heroic verse. This 10-syllable line is the predominant rhythm of traditional English dramatic and epic poetry, as it is considered the closest to English speech patterns. Poems such as John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Robert Browning’s dramatic monologues, and Wallace Stevens’s “Sunday Morning,” are written predominantly in blank verse." (Definition from The Poetry Foundation)

Image: "Sunflowers" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artist: Claude Monet (French,1840–1926)
Date: 1881
Medium: Oil on canvas

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