Poem on a Painting by Seurat




The Painting Is Titled “Bathers at Asnieres”


poem on a painting by seurat


the meaning is here:

do not look for it


red dog stares at the water

ears cocked       he will not move


oars poised       the boating

family reflects on the river


shouting boy       hands cupped

is quiet inside       listening


I sit       dangling my legs in water

which does not pull me


for every outward breath

a secret inhaling


sunshine yellows this grassy bank

there are shadows everywhere


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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

6 thoughts on “Poem on a Painting by Seurat”

  1. thanks for your kind remarks, Bonnie. i think what i had in mind with that rude command is for the reader to allow the images to create meaning. but as you well know, after we send a poem out into the world, it can take on a life of its own. and i have to admit i didn’t even notice the hats so much, so my hat is off to you for your keen eye! — Michael O’Brien


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