japonisme: from Spring Day

16 March 2007

from Spring Day


The day is fresh-washed and fair,
and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus
in the air.

The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and bores through the water
in the bath-tub in lathes and planes of greenish- white. It cleaves the water
into flaws like a jewel, and cracks it to bright light.

Little spots of sunshine lie on the surface of the water and dance, dance,
and their reflections wobble deliciously over the ceiling; a stir of my finger
sets them whirring, reeling. I move a foot, and the planes of light
in the water jar. I lie back and laugh, and let the green-white water,
the sun-flawed beryl water, flow over me. The day is almost
too bright to bear, the green water covers me from the too bright day.
I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots.

The sky is blue and high. A crow flaps by the window, and there is
a whiff of tulips and narcissus in the air.

--Amy Lowell

(mathews; mucha; will source others later)
[note: somehow the images disappeared from this post completely so i put them back. now the first ones will probably come back and there'll be two. i'll come back and fix it again.]

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Blogger David Apatoff said...

Lotusgreen, that Mucha floral pattern is stupendous. When you put his work side by side with similar patterns by other artists, his really shines out like a beacon. You can really tell what made him so special.

17 March, 2007 18:16  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

he has the power to continually surprise, somehow, no matter how often you have seen his work, it seems

18 March, 2007 09:53  

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