Friday, October 18, 2013

Angel With Ferns In A Far Landscape

a little Italianate the violet twilight
in the background sets off the shimmering of the ivory pillars
on either side-
you know that easily don't you? 
but who notices the

ivory shadows on the far snows

the rustling of trees in the olive groves
you hear as though it were real 
while gazing at the
unfinished portrait of the angel with

ferns, with stately roses
saffron-splendid,
the quizzical angel of the far landscape
in between Christmases and cirrus clouds
with a lemon grove to watch over

maybe an infanta in a burgundy gown
the baby princess with a pearl smile
but that's in the next painting
isn't it?

mary angela douglas 18 october 2013