Monet's The Magpie, 1872
A house behind trees,
steep-pitched roof, red chimneys,
fence and gate horizontal
at the scene's centre—
caesura from white, silver, gold
snow which cushions, catches
in crooks. Swirled strokes convey
layers, echo arched tree limbs.
On the top rung of a warped gate
a magpie basks, beak cocked
in silhouette, tail feathers angled right,
same as shadows that point
to the canvas bottom corner
where Monet's signature slants.
Past the magpie's umbra, dark tracks
(boot or hoof) walk off
the painting, invite you to enter,
Distant fields stretch, fuse
with sky, late day sun unseen
reflects from every surface
onto your face
Karen George is author of the poetry collection Swim Your Way Back (Dos Madres Press, 2014), and four chapbooks, most recently The Fire Circle (Blue Lyra Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in America, Adirondack Review, Naugatuck River Review, Louisville Review, and Still. She reviews poetry and interviews poets at Poetry Matters: http://readwritepoetry.blogspot.com/, and is co-founder and fiction editor of the journal, Waypoints: http://www.waypointsmag.com/. Her website is: http://karenlgeorge.snack.ws/.
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