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A Woman in the Sun

	Light is kin to vapor, 
	to certain fogs, 
	and the effervescence of ideas,
	yet Edward Hopper’s summer light, 
	when it comes late in the afternoon, 
	is solid, opaque,
	the color of soft butter,
	heavy with heat and remorse, 
	raking low through the window, 
	its yellow rectangle 
	falling across the floor. 
	The woman is nude, 
	standing still, 
	alone in that block of light, 
	the shadows of her legs 
	subtracting thick black lines 
	behind her, pointing toward the door
	not seen through which her lover 
	departed only a moment ago.
	See how the bedcover is rolled down, 
	the sheets wrinkled, 
	the after-cigarette 
	casually held in her right hand 
	while she stares absent-mindedly 
	at the floor as smokers will do between drags, 
	lost in thought and recollection 
	and questions of how did it come to this?
	Her angular naked body, 
	no doubt soft and yielding 
	while in the throes, 
	has become a rough impasto, 
	perhaps Hopper’s way 
	of portraying her authentic self. 
	Oddly, her left breast 
	appears to be an afterthought, 
	forcing her shoulders toward me, 
	while her hips and eyes 
	face the window. 
	Can the human body rotate this way,
	clockwise and anticlockwise and clockwise
	requiring the oddest skeletal geometry? 
	My own geometry 
	is a more modest version
	of this torsion, 
	so perhaps Hopper’s vision 
	isn’t impossible after all.
	Her lover has gone now, 
	the afternoon’s business done. 
	They will go their separate ways, 
	which was the plan all along, 
	of course.

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  1. Date: 8/7/2013 7:19:00 PM
    Well done!i loved the flow of your words and the way you put it together!wow

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 5:45:00 AM
    just read it through a second time, it really is brilliant, elegantly written - I've written two on art, 'wheatfield with crows' and 'lizzie siddal's last pose'

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/23/2013 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My background is in the arts, specifically architecture, painting, and printmaking. I often like to have an image to work from, and then invent the story that might go with it. Thanks for the compliment... I'll look for your poems. Jack
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 5:40:00 AM
    I really enjoyed this, the connection between painting and poetry is a fascinating one isn't your descriptions in this, especially the 'soft butter' colour of the afternoon sunlight...

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 8:16:00 PM
    You are a true visionary grasping the fine line between painting and writing. A true master of the craft. Inspiration magnific ...:)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/22/2013 9:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much, Karen. That's quite a compliment, and very much appreciated.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 10:49:00 AM
    Jack, it is very well written - it is beautiful ... but give me a sadness too .... - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/22/2013 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Me too. It's a very sad painting. I guess it could be interpreted other ways, but she didn't seem very happy to me. Thanks for reading... Jack