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Old Long Island Landscape
by Michelle M Mead
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Based on a Childe Hassam painting of the same name, 1920, oil on canvas.
Hassam is one of my favorite painters.


 

 

Someone could be swallowed by a sky that size,

Inhaling candy pink clouds in whips stretched long,

And so much blue, your insides would spin,

From the joy it held, and a fine spring day.

 

Walk barefoot!  The time is now,

You can almost feel the grass rise between your toes,

A bit of dew settling on your bare skin,

Pieces of green to leave this memory's stain apparent.

 

Follow the windmill in its glorious dance,

Become dizzy with the flight of lives,

Balanced on the passing breeze,

Of time let go, and nothing seized.

 

Rebirth yourself in shallow water's peace,

Upon your doorstep where the willows weep,

Within the walls of your small house's bliss,

You'll take comfort in the sanity that nature gives.

 

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Reviewed by richard cederberg 2/3/2015
Sanity and nature, for me, are synonymous in many ways. The majesty of Gods creation has always comforted (and sometimes healed) this searching struggling artistic heart of mine. Your words give such unique life to that painting, Michele. Enjoyed. Peace... rlc
Reviewed by John Domino 5/7/2013
I can feel these poetic thoughts. Well done Michelle!

May the love of the Lord be be with you always.

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson (Reader) 12/29/2012
As so delicately drawn are your words drifting over landscape lost but poetic beauty never to be forgotten.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
YOU'VE ALWAYS DONE THIS SO WELL, MICHELE. YOUR PHRASES COMPLIMENT THIS PAINTING EXQUISITELY. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 5/8/2012
"the sanity that nature gives"--- very lovely poetry, michelle.
i am there with sunhat in hand!
blessings,
carolyn
Reviewed by Connie Faust 11/10/2011
A glorious poem! From the first stanza, you gave me a smile and a warmth inside. "swallowed by a sky that size"? Who ever heard of such a thing? Oh, that beginning is filled with the joy of spring! I could go on, for the next verses are equally exciting, and then peace reigns in the end.
Lovely work!

Connie
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/18/2011
I'm sure the times weren't as peaceful as they appear, but your poem captures the spirit so well.

Ron
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/17/2011
Michelle, your next to last stanza is an artistic piece of work my dear friend -- a metaphor rich with glorious color -- I bid you love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 10/17/2011
Gorgeous poem, equally gorgeous painting too.
GOD BLESS YOU
TONY
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 10/17/2011
Such an exquisite walk, Michelle! Beautifully written. ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/17/2011
Gorgeous poetry, Michelle! You capture the essence of the landscape and make us "feel" every aspect of this natural beauty! WEll done!

Hugs,
Anna
Reviewed by Janna Hill 10/16/2011
Blissful Michelle. Love the last stanza, especially the last sentence.
:) Janna
Reviewed by Andy Turner 10/16/2011
Has the talented wit of the late great Shel, yet I remember a song about where the williows weep.

Very apt, I love poems that have a story, start, middle and end.

Indeed, nature does give such gifts.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/16/2011
Beautiful writing Michelle for your eyes tell such a story.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/16/2011
For me, Michelle, your poem far exceeds
the brief of the painting which i find a little
too posed, but that's just personal taste;
your opening line's marvellous and the final one
resonates deeply in me.

John
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 10/16/2011
Very peaceful
Relaxing
And very good for the soul

db



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