Breaking a long silence with a pair of sister sonnets to show she is Unimpressed, Cynthia sets out to set Felicity straight, in a roundabout but circumspect manner. (THE PAINTING IS A COPY OF DEGAS: SEMIRAMIS BUILDING BABYLON)
First, Impressionism may seem pointless,
but the subtleties of the rare brush strokes
eventually win your heart. Needless
to say, the idle wind through the loose spokes
of your ill-fated wheels is blowing on,
and on deafer ears it could not hope to
blow. Would there were hunters for such a fawn!
But that were merest show. Persevere. Do.
I begin to grow wary of the world,
its seductions and inconsistencies;
where women are oft mistaken for girls,
where love is boarded, sacked by piracies,
and sunk full fathom five beneath the seas
in unimpressive bids for clemencies.
Dig in to Degas for fresh perspective.
Scan Semiramis Building Babylon
for the vision, the doubt, the subjective.
Future perfect presents past era gone,
Forgetting bygones in flurries of form,
insubstantial, unheeded, unobserved,
a clear-eyed sense of some lingering storm
the architect stands on edge, unnerved,
heedful of fears, mindful of passing years,
not venturing forth for fear of the crowd,
holding back promise like lovers hold tears,
with foreboding, abiding strong and proud.
At first, Impressionism seems clear,
as close as the edge of love that’s not near.
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|Reviewed by Joyce Bell
|THERE'S AN OLD CLICHE' THAT SAY'S...'IDLE MIND IS THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP' AND THIS IS WHAT CYNTHIA IS SAYING TO HER. 'DO' SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF!!! STOP ACTING LIKE A CHILD AND WORRYING ABOUT WHAT WAS OR WHAT COULD BE. I DON'T WANT TODD I DON'T CARE WHAT HE FEELS. YOU TOOK HIM, NOW ENJOY AND BUILD ON HIS LOVE...FOR WHATEVER ITS WORTH TO YOU. BRAVO! CYNTHIA. I LOVE THE PERSPECTIVE AND ASSURANCE OF THIS 'DEFEATED', BUT SO STRONG WOMAN. THANKS FOR THE SHARE. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS|
|Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
Exquisit writing for two sonnets with Impressionism's
clear rendering edges.
Lady Mary Ann
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Masterful,..love this line ..'holding back promise like lovers hold tears'|
|Reviewed by richard cederberg
|Fact 34. 3+4=7. A spiritual number embracing completeness. This is interesting to me in light of the fact that you've trained two sonnets together, and both of them are magnificently and delicately rendered. Kudos poet! Fact 35, (if you choose to continue) will equal 8, a spiritual number denoting new beginnings. Whatever the Most High is doing through you, Roger, is burgeoning, in my humble opinion. This construct seems more Brobdingnagian (in scope) than the others. Even though French Impressionism was never a moving force in my life, know that your work is. Abundant blessings of peace and health to you ... richard|
|Reviewed by Kathleen Janz-Anderson
|That picture says a thousand words. Your impression is way beyond what I can understand without looking at it many times, and then who knows. I loved it nevertheless, and will put it in my library to study.|
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|Degas would be so proud of your
writing *Roger* as am I..with
your building of verse keeping
Babylon alive and well...