pretty girl…

pretty girl

Once again trying something different with layers and textures… Hope you like it!

This may be a bit of escapism from the early snow and cold we have been “enjoying” already…

UPDATE: From Tom in the comments, a sonnet… which may make you look at the picture differently.

Eyes of innocence observe the scene
through grassy stalks: the rites of springtime may
be misinterpreted the first time seen
by virgins who have yet to boldly stray
into those woods of pleasure and deceit
that lurk beyond the garden’s grassy wall
where satyrs chase their willing prey’s retreat
though the sunlit corridors and halls
of Pan’s dominion where the truth will out
that pleasures of the spirit may be great
but pleasures of the flesh–beyond a doubt–
can justify the body’s mortal fate.
In innocence and wisdom still she knows
That down those paths she will one day go.

(c) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

(cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

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3 Responses to “pretty girl…”

  1. Eyes of innocence observe the scene
    through grassy stalks: the rites of springtime may
    be misinterpreted the first time seen
    by virgins who have yet to boldly stray
    into those woods of pleasure and deceit
    that lurk beyond the garden’s grassy wall
    where satyrs chase their willing prey’s retreat
    though the sunlit corridors and halls
    of Pan’s dominion where the truth will out
    that pleasures of the spirit may be great
    but pleasures of the flesh–beyond a doubt–
    can justify the body’s mortal fate.
    In innocence and wisdom still she knows
    That down those paths she will one day go.

    Copyright (C) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

    Probably not what you were expecting, but I got a strong sense of Herrick from the image, and let the poem take me where it wanted to go. I’ve long admired Herrick’s mixture of classical form and visceral celebration of sexuality, and his belief that “life is short, the world is beautiful, love is splendid, and we must use the short time we have to make the most of it” is definitely one I can get behind.

    • Interesting! Not what I was expecting exactly but then I have learned not to have expectations where your poems are concerned! I have also just learned that there was such thing as a “carpe diem genre” – who knew??

      • There’s a deepness to the look on her face. She’s seeing something. The poem is my guess as to what, in mixed mythological terms (the reference to “the garden” should be obvious!)

        I was surprised to discover there was a “carpe deim genre” as well, despite having several volumes of Herrick’s verse kicking around!

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