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New Vineyard
by Michelle M Mead

Thursday, November 27, 2008
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This was inspired by the painting of the same name by Ben Fenske, oil on canvas, 2008

His work is at the following site, all wonderful-



And I knew what the trees felt like

bare and vulnerable to the elements

facing only themselves

in an empty field



Yes, the distance held possibilities-

blue skies, shelter, population-

yet here there was still a dividing line

through the slice of my senses



You dug so deep in me-

I knew I’d always grow in you.



(I wish for the green again of you surrounding me)




without you beside me

it’s as if



someone made a cruel mistake

and I wait for it to be corrected

a fanciful dream of coming together


That’s what it had to be

to leave this barren vineyard

when so many vines once cradled fruit here

when so much of me belongs settled there in you

your vintage pressed close to my opening flower

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Reviewed by Jon Willey 12/2/2008
your rendering has captured the artist's perspective and the subtle nuances of the blended hues upon his canvas -- refreshing perspective Michelle -- peace and love to you -- JMW
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 11/30/2008
Very well done with crisp description that leads the reader into warm envelopment.....Jerry
Reviewed by * Starman * * 11/29/2008
Nice analogies between, the earth mother and mother earth.
Rockie Coppolella
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/28/2008
Imaginative, with deep feeling. Fantastic metaphors.
Reviewed by J. Pajot 11/28/2008
Gorgeously descriptive! The comparitive form, the metaphor of plant to emotional feeling...I very much like this. Classical genuis!
I wish you all good things, M'Lady,
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/28/2008
a lovely write-well written expression on many levels of being
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/28/2008
we can get a good bottle of wine from this Michelle, here's a toast
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/28/2008

Crisp; sharp; perfectly balanced . . . a splendid penning!!


Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/28/2008
Excellent poem!!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/28/2008
Superb poetry as always from you Michelle!
An esoteric message from the poem within a poem;-)

Reviewed by Samuel Stone 11/28/2008
Cleverly written... enjoyed... wishing you well..
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/28/2008
Beautiful Michelle and very touching. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/28/2008
Your words echo with a resonance that can be felt right to the core of a man's heart.So rich and vibrant that instead of your poetry complimenting the art the art quickly fades into the background and only your message remains. Cindy is right you do have a wonderful gift in your poetry.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/27/2008
You grab those who would know you by the soul... ...and it hurts, Michelle. That is a compliment. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/27/2008
I love how you write these poems from paintings...this painting is gorgeous as is your poem.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 11/27/2008
Michell,What a wonderful gift you have. I am so glad you share it with so many people!Beautiful and touching poem!Thank you.
With Love,
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 11/27/2008
Such a deeply rich poem filled with so much passion it drips of wine and tears. Thank you for such a beautiful poem tonight,
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 11/27/2008
You write it so very well, Michelle. All I can add is,
in the words of Diana Krall: peel me a grape. -gene.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/27/2008
a ripe passage of passion and desire move through the veins of this deeply emotive poem ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/27/2008
(I wished for the green again of you surrounding me)

Oh, my goodness, Michelle, this is powerful, all in itself, in this spectacular vision you paint on my eyes - thank you. Such longing, such beauty - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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