Evening Skyfrom a painting by Liz Doyle and a photo by Ann Koplow
Night had already begun to hug the lowlands
when his back to the pale faces of the outbuildings
their remnant glow against the forgetting day
I thought I saw Turner out there
tying himself to a piece of sky shadow
to ride out the violent vault into night
A mile up the day was still swirling
like love thundering in the chest well after
the details have been lost still Turner
tearing clouds with his brush into the idea
of clouds wonders if he’s leaving
something out he’s never believed
the details mattered although they meant
all the moment could form into and change
From the cumulonimbus he sees an old man
preparing a thatch hut against the wind
And a town lobbing light into the sky
The man’s thoughts are fireworks reflected
In the village fountain and to Turner who feels
the clouds free him who feels he let go first
the fireworks in the fountain some times
are clearer than the fireworks in the sky
thank you, Jeff, what an honour 🙂
Thanks. I love that painting, and its companion. I hope folks are clicking the link to see both paintings and the original source image. It’s fascinating.
I’ve never had a ping back before! so thanks very much.
I have once before had a poem inspired by a painting, which is a great honour. But I must say the honour is greatly enhanced by the mention of Turner, my all time hero 🙂 Thanks once again Jeff. Please take this as an open permission to use my paintings on your blog when you like. Best wishes, Liz
This is simply gorgeous.
Please add the missing “is!”
A brilliant poem, especially as the elements — clouds, Turner, fireworks and fountain — come together.
Thank you, most Eldest One.
I am so honored, Jeff, I can barely write a coherent comment. Like in your poem, your artistry reflects backs my image with greater clarity (and beauty).Thank you for your generosity and brilliance, as always.
Thanks for lending your image, one that stuck with me as I wrote this poem. Not judging or anything, but I think it’s a great picture!
That kind of judgment is fine with me, Jeff!
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Lovely post Jeff Schwaner
loving the couplets 🙂
Thank you. It was good to see some new work by you.
Wow…powerful powerful words with vivid imagery….tranquil as well as boisterous….let me follow you to read more of you….if you get time visit mine as I too write poems….
Thank you for the kind words, come back whenever you want. I will be sure to visit your site as well.
I love the paintings and your words. Thank you for giving me poetry to start my day.
I meant painting and photograph. My apologies.
I’ll make sure Ann knows her photo was equally appreciated!
Thanks! Hope to see you again here.
thanks soul walker, feel free to drop by and see some more 🙂
Really a brilliant piece of poem,deserving a pride of place in Freshly Pressed,
Well expressed, supported by great visuals!
Thanks. I’m really blown away by Liz’s art, and Ann’s posts are always rich with great photos from her daily travels, but her fireworks photos really were striking.
Great piece of work. Highlighted my day.
Well you just made my day with that comment. That’s a great thing to hear.
Thanks! The artwork was very inspiring.
This is beautiful!
Thanks so much. This has not been such a bad Friday the 13th after all, with a wealth of new visitors to this poem. I very much appreciate the visit!
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.
Thanks! It is great to see so many people coming to check out this poem.
I read you poem a few times then closed my eyes and painted a picture using your imagery and language. Purples and mauves and lavender spoke to me in a fierce wind. Thanks for sharing.
And thanks for sharing those words as well.
loved the poem…..especially the bits about the fireworks and fountains and the clouds… well done
I noticed why
My thoughts wander
In the still point
Of the sea and sky,
The strong current
Of your vitality
Exactly the distance
Of a sharpest focus
Found me in the eyes
Washed you up like music
Creating pulsing waves
In this graceful exit
Of the still beautiful,
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It’s some kind of wonderful… Deeply impacting the observer emotipnally somehow…
thanks from me too 🙂
Lovely, thank you for sharing.
Indeed nice feeling.
Thank you, glad you liked it.
Thanks and regards
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Loved the narrative and emotion in this Jeff.
Wow, much appreciated, Scott.
Credit where its due Jeff
thanks from me too 🙂
I really liked this part:
“A mile up the day was still swirling
like love thundering in the chest well after
the details have been lost… “
Thanks. We all know that feeling at some point or another.
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good stuff today
Thanks, and thank you for reblogging!
you are welcome
very very cool … wanna see more …. ks
Tht one pretty awesome poem. where do i get your inspiration from?
Thanks PS. Most of my work comes from observing every day processes in the natural world (which we’re part of, after all, so I’m not saying that I write “nature poems”) and going from there. In the case of “Evening Sky” though I was very impressed with a painting by the Irish artist Liz Doyle, and as I was working on the poem a photograph by a blogger I follow, Ann Koplow, came to my mind, and so those two images included on that post anchor the beginning and the end of that poem.
thanks from me too 🙂
Not usually my bag but liked this post. Good job
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Thank you for the re-blog!
Lovely piece of writing. Great subject.
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Reflection for this little soul
Searching, yes, for the Master hand.
But only sees the footprints in the sand,
Or shall I say the sky?
There is a Hand to guide the brush.
This eye that seeks to capture
And left a little out,
Can only copy what is already there.
Keep looking to the sky, dear friend.
Keep looking to the sky.
Really enjoyed this
The photo is lovely and the Poem has a nice flow to it. Wonderful.
Author of Seven Poems from Life
The post has got the crisp aroma of vivid and beautiful imagination. Feeling like witnessing these beautiful things happening. The poem and the painting …both made a wonderful duo. Re-reading and re-witnessing………
thank you 🙂
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This is pretty good poem
Poetry along with the spectacular picture. Awesome
Thanks! The images are so very different and both great.
thanks again Jeff, maybe time for another poem with another new painting? I suggest ‘ curve’, the big blue almost circle on a yellow ground, on two panels from my most recent post. Would love you to use it! Liz 🙂
Be careful what you wish for. I may have to take you up on it!
great, I look forward to many more blog partnerships 🙂
This poem contains a number of very interesting ideas and images.
This is amazing! I am a painter and writer myself, and this was an absolute delight! 🙂
Thanks! I was really impressed by both the painting and photo, and this was the result.
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Of course I enjoy your poetry, J. Love the diction, as in “a mile up the day”…
and how you wed concrete and abstract imagery:
“tying himself to a piece of sky shadow
to ride out the violent vault into night”
You make me want to write more poetry.
Thanks! And… Write more poetry…
I thought you might like to know that this pair of paintings have gone to a new home. They had been publicly exhibited several times, but never sold (Possibly because I always priced them unreasonably high, probably because I was initially reluctant to let them go). A couple of months ago I gave them as joint 70th birthday presents to my brother-in-law and his wife. Then a few weeks ago helped them hang them in their kitchen where they will see them every day
That is great to hear. I love your work, and especially those — though there are many others I admire equally! But it’s nice to think that this particular work is someplace where it will be viewed every day by appreciative eyes. Thank you for letting me know!
I hope I haven’t already said this, but I thought I’d just let you know that I gave the two paintings as a joint 70th birthday gift to my husband’s brother and his wife, and they are now hanging where everyone who visits sees them, in their kitchen. Strangely, I am really glad that they never sold, and can stay within the family. There are some paintings that are so special somehow ❤ So pleased too, that they remain here with your words, Jeff, in such a privileged spot on your blog! Best wishes, Liz
Oops, sorry, I see I’d already told you, please feel free to delete!
I am happy to be reminded of this! I love your work, and am glad to have found your site.
And me yours!
Just calling in to say hi!
And to let you know that I’m waiting for dates for a solo show in NYC with Mark Borghi Fine Art
I’m really hoping that you might feature a piece of mine (if it complements a piece of your work as effectively as this one did!) around the time of the opening
I’ll let you know when I have dates confirmed, thanks
Best wishes as ever, Liz Doyle
Definitely! Keep me updated please!
Great! Thanks so much! I’ll definitely do that
Show dates for NEW YORK!!
Opening reception on 20th October, show runs till early December
At Mark Borghi Fine Art in BRIDGEHAMPTON (He has 3 galleries, NYC, Bridgehampton and Miami)
I will send you images once they have chosen which they want! I am asked not to promote on social media until we have images selected and a title. I am so delighted! Best wishes, Liz