Friday, February 15, 2013

Gril Standing by an Open Window

some years ago, I wrote a series of poems about the paintings of the Dutch painter, Vermeer. I plan to put them on on my blog. I hope you enjoy them. Laurel

Girl Standing by an Open Window
                                         and Vermeer  

Reading a letter
Looking onto sunlit streets
Of Delft.
What news?
Not joy
For she is serious.
No lover's smile upon her lips.
Does he write he cannot meet her?
Maybe he does not love her.
Whatever it is
Vermeer does not say.
He was more interested
In light and shade
His sensuous colours
luminosity of paint
than the contents of a letter.

Joe Hennessy builds Walara, a sheep statiion for his  family in the harsh environment of the Gascoyne district of Western Australia.
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