Monday, January 2, 2012

Magpie #98 - "Shades of Grey"

"River", Marina Moevs, 2005 used for "Magpie Tales #98"
Shades of Grey

Venice is still beautiful
wrapped in gray,
John Singer Sargent
painted it that way.

Mists early morning kiss
upon silvered waters
is a loveliness embraced
by nature's cheval glass,

but a tempest hides
beyond gilded frame
threatening nature's
youthful rosy blush.

I search my own tilted image,
marred,
quizzically pondering
my own shades of grey.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, January 2, 2012

Linked to Magpie Tales #98, hosted by Tess Kincaid of "Life at Willow Manor" AND
to Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Open Link Monday" AND  dVerse's "Open Link Night"

I apologize if some have read this twice.  I will bet busy next week as ALL the kids will be back at college and school...

 John Singer Sargent  and his "Venice in Gray Weather" painting  & Cheval Glass

Cheval Glass

29 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

nice incorporation of both images! :) your own shades of grey. ha!

Caty said...

and there are so many shades of grey we all have to reflect on

and love how you incorporated both images.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love this...so much gray to contemplate..perhaps "we" should color our own world.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Quite wonderful to see where the picture took you.. I love the final note of introspection.

Christine said...

A lovely musical feel about this one - deceptively simple but much said, I think.

Mary said...

I love this. I think we all have our own shades of grey...

Lyn said...

Clever- what lies beyond the gilded frame...it's always there...Good!

Laurie Kolp said...

Unique and a very beautiful piece, Margaret... love the second stanza, and the third flows perfectly with a threatening tone. Great ending, too. Heck, the whole piece rocks!

Ginny Brannan said...

Love the combination, the words of one like metaphor for the other:


Mists early morning kiss
upon silvered waters
is a loveliness embraced
by nature's cheval glass,

I search my own tilted image,
marred,
quizzically pondering
my own shades of grey.

Outstanding!

Heaven said...

Lovely use of the colors and metaphor of the water ~

Nice reflections of time passing by (it seems to me) ~

Happy day ~

Brian Miller said...

nice...like how you played this margaret...the metaphor of the river and how he sees it...and what lies beneath our own exterior...

as to your question at tumblewords...no i think beauty comes even with wrinkles...smiles.

Janet said...

Gorgeous!

Berowne said...

I'm afraid that, yes, we all have our own shades of gray.

Ostensible Truth said...

oh how well you responded to this picture here - really liked "my own shades of grey." - nice work - great seeing this up at Real Toads

Helen said...

This is the season for 'grey' where I live ... you captured the essence of both images beautifully.

Dom said...

Brilliant <3

Doctor FTSE said...

Beautifully entwining the images. Well done.

izzy said...

Those wonderful tilting glasses- nice combination of two themes!

Janet said...

Who knew shades of gray could be so stunning! The last verse, so powerful. Stellar vision.

Brian Miller said...

busy i understand...nice to see you at OLN....

Mary Ann Potter said...

Pondering shades of gray --- an imnpressive image for the ending of this poem. Beautifully composed with a real flow.

Mama Zen said...

This is exquisite.

Claudia said...

now i'm pondering about my own shades of grey after reading this...like your journey of thoughts here..the play on venice..sigh...nice

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Yes, those shades of grey resonate!

Ella said...

Well done~
I love the mood and thoughts~
I am now rethinking gray :D

Margaret said...

Thank you. Poetry is truly a learning process and your comments and critiques truly help me.

In this poem, I was pondering the beauty of silver and grey and how pretty it really is in artwork and my own incoming grey has been on my mind lately as I am trying to decide if I like it growing out. WHY is it men are "distinguished" and woman are considered "aged".

susan m hinckley said...

love this, although it hits a little close to home...and I found the first stanza to be particularly charming for some reason, perhaps the rhyme -- anyway, nicely done!

G-Man said...

Margaret Dear...
It's worth reading a Thousand times!!!

Margaret said...

So, G-Man ... have you reached 500 yet? :)