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Author Name: FreeTashtego57 13 Comments
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The Necklace

Fate ordained one warm spring day,

into the secluded gallery I would enter.

My appetite for peace gave way

as I sought tranquility’s alter.

 

Mindlessly I prowled each room

sweeping from one image to the next.

My mind unable to cut through my gloom

as I glance the work, ignoring its parallel text.

 

I shuffled along, no thoughts to recall,

my random search growing endlessly hopeless

until in the last hall at the top of the wall

hangs an impressionist work called “The Necklace.”

 

In a chair sits a woman, or perhaps a lady

of 30 years, maybe older, maybe less.

Projecting an alluring nature, a past that may be shady,

reclining in her disheveled dress.

 

Her gaze is fixed upon her left hand

or more precisely the object in her palm.

A colored shape hung on beaded band

transfixes her aspect with peculiar calm.

 

My mind grapples with contradictions

as I propose riddles about this mystery.

What is she thinking?  What’s fact or fiction?

What clues are found in the necklace’s history?

 

Does it reflect past impassioned innocence?

Absconded sweetness called to mind?

Or acquiescence to a suitor’s arrogance,

a lustful gesture that struck her blind?

 

The conundrum I find most titillating

as I pensively gaze at the painting

Desirable is she, my heart accelerating.

Baffled, I find my questions still remaining.  

 

Why does this vision’s pensive gaze

in me conjure such strong emotions?

Why should my mind be in this haze

inspiring me to span this surreal ocean?

 

No blinding revelation was manifest

and no stroke of genius shown clear.

But as I left that place, weary soul at rest,

this lady of mystery in my heart I held near.

 

Author's Notes:
Thanks and credit for this go to Sheri, the incredible muse who provided me with this word bank to get my "creative juices" (not sure I like that phrase) moving again.  I didn't use all the words she gave me, but I used most of them, and they are in bold in the work.
 
My inspiration for this is a painting entitled (oddly enough) "The Necklace," painted around 1924 by Richard E. Miller.  It hangs on the second floor of the Renwick Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute.  I’d encourage you to take a look at it - http://americanart.si.edu/images/1953/1953.10.7_1a.jpg.  The poem accurately reflects how I found the painting.  I find it somewhat haunting, as I tried to reflect in the poem.
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on July 5, 2010 05:38:43 PM Report
I like this work in that you introduce us to another piece of art. It's always interesting what goes through someone's head when they ponder a piece of art, especially to hold it up and look at several people's interpretation of a piece. I followed the link and checked out the picture. I, too, find it fascinating.

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

~Mariquita

Comment By: PremiumHOPE on June 20, 2010 01:52:40 PM Report
Andrew,

A truly wonderful piece.  I had to take a look at the work of art that inspired your work of art.  I can see where you got your inspiration.  You certainly do capture the essence of the painting.  I can't wait for your next poem.

Ms.Tina Dee

Comment By: FreeAngel Wings on June 10, 2010 12:27:01 PM Report

Your words are so beautiful..i really loved this one, GREAT, job..Andrew.


*Angel*


Comment By: FreeJennifer on June 7, 2010 08:55:45 PM Report
I checked the painting out before I read the poem. I dont know why But I read the about the poem before I read the poem. I think the painting is awesome but I think the poem is better! good work ANDREW ! I am so happy that Sheri got you going with an awesome word bank. I didn't notice bold and I definatly could NOT tell it is a word bank . You are really good at these!
Jen

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on June 7, 2010 04:43:39 PM Report
I will certainly have to check this painting out...you have me so curious now. I too wrote a poem titled, The Necklace and it revealed much about the wearer...which in my poem was myself. You've done a fine job analysing the possibilities of various aspects of the painting...it is wonderful to see a questioning mind at work and the possibilities crafted into a fine piece. I have enjoyed this Andrew and think you've done a fine job with the words provided. That you find the painting "haunting" tells plenty about yourself...very nicely done bud! =)

~Barbara~

Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on June 5, 2010 10:22:11 AM Report
...perhaps it's the relationship artists share...the unique ability to relate to another artist's feelings...the connection between the eye, heart, and mind.  the Impressionists seem to reach out to the poet like no other...my favorite group for sure! The painting you speak of is a beauty and your poem...another beauty!  It reflects the mystery of the painting...again you inspire us to search out the mystery of you own thoughts...loved the connection!  The poet finds his connection in every place of beauty...whether it be an art gallery...a field of flowers, a sunset, waves crashing on the shore...
Comment By: FreeMoonStar on June 4, 2010 07:04:02 PM Report
Once again you have taken a piece and brought forth MAGIC! I so love this painting you speak of. The surreality of it, the mystery, is unbelievable.. You caught this spot on Andrew.. I too look at images and close my eyes and see within and soon it becomes as real to me as any living thing.

 

Well done!!!! You master you!

'

 

LL xxx 

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on June 4, 2010 02:52:59 PM Report
I love that painting too! It conveys such romance and mystery and I can see so many stories behind it. You too painted a beautiful portrait here with your words my dear. Now I want to go back to the museums and find some of that inspiration you found. 
Meet me at the National Gallery soon! = )
Beautifully done to perfection!
~Cindy

Comment By: FreeJo on June 4, 2010 02:06:24 PM Report
I know the painting you refer to.   Now, I need to go back and look at it again though, because you put a new light on it.  Beautiful, well written poem.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on June 4, 2010 11:45:22 AM Report
Dear Andrew.....There have been so many times that I have been inspired by a photo, a painting, a simple object that you may pick up at an antique store...In teaching Metaphysics, this is called Psychometry....It can be a painting, as you encountered by sight, or touching the object briefly...Also, you may have been drawn to this particular item because of your "link" to it...I loved this, as it gives us a "link" to that lady of mystery of whom you have so cleverly written....Loved it...I could not distinquish the WB words.....
Thanks for a good read...

Margaret...the Baglady

Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on June 4, 2010 03:12:49 AM Report
In your poem, you seemed to be searching for the right piece of art to inspire you, to chase away your gloom.  I love how her image and the mystery of her thoughts lifted your gloom, as you walked away.  It was a very eloquent writing from your skillful pen, Sir Andrew!  Great job!

I loved the painting too. 

Comment By: FreesHeRi on June 3, 2010 10:52:55 PM Report
oh Andrew-You did an amazing job with those words. Your poem is unique in that it tells a story to the reader almost placing them before this painting. I know I study and analyze art for several minutes and what I take from it is different than the person standing beside me. I love out of the entire painting you were fixed on the necklace and pondered it's value.

 

I know this painting you talk about and I know you loved it-

Excellent job my friend.

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on June 3, 2010 04:18:41 PM Report
Andrew,
 Wow.. this is amazing I really enjoyed this... you have such a great style about you and it shows with every poem syou write..always a pleasure... And thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my poems....





 


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