A CALL FOR 19th C. PAINTERS

January 31, 2018

Gauguin, we need your women

standing before palm trees

in the aftermath of hurricanes,

a sense of idyll on an island. 

 

Cezanne, come back and paint a landscape

in oranges and greens, where a mountain top

emerges on a dry, hot afternoon,

cicadas racketing, no cars.

 

Monet, come back, and paint a field

of poppies, unlinked

to mercenary farmers, middle men,

a needle-strewn mattress in a room.

 

Cezanne, will you paint

a vivid canvas of guardrails,

orange and white striped traffic cones,

a swirled sun beaming off the curves.

 

Come back and walk with me, Van Gogh,

even though our meeting might be wordless.

We could eat a sun-warmed peach,

meet on the hopeful taste of yellow.

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