Such Pleasure in Small Hours by Ilyse Kusnetz
|Ilyse Kusnetz's beautiful debut collection|
|Papilla Estelar by Remedios Varo|
WOMAN IN A HAMMOCK, 1916
(Fredrick Carl Frieseke)
Frieseke paints her sun-dappled,
dissolving into a world of blue--
French, cobalt, periwinkle, cerulean,
the lapis of afternoon dreams,
a violet of the mind.
Even her pink face is blue.
Tea things laid, silver-blue vapor
curled like an orchid in her cup,
the ashen-blue shadows of roses
rising on the porcelain teapot.
Blue, the straw-hatted nanny
clutching her mistresses infant, who plucks
at the edge of his blanket,
spread like a lavender cloud
across the hammock where
his mother lies, a sheen of blue
like a wintry mask, glazing her cheeks.
Bluest of all, an indigo fan
she holds in her hand
too heavy with blue to move.
Beyond the garden wall
the world ignites in shades of red---
ruby, crimson, scarlet, poppy.
|Woman in a Hammock, 1916 by Frederick Carl Frieseke|