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Below is the poem entitled Parasols which was written by poet John Heck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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A stilled summer sky saturated and scattered with god song
watches a way fared soldier - whispers to a wary widow.
Creamy clouds canopy the concord of a moment. Minutes become 
mercurial - they manifest and meander as the seconds slip by.

Sailboats slice through streams of idle indigo.
A ripple somersaults and softly settles into serenity.
Cooing couples cuddle near clusters of cockscomb.
A lass lightheartedly leaps. A comely colleen crochets -
moment by moment - darning daydreams into days.

Parisians promenade past a proficient painter’s palette.
Social classes collide amidst color and contour and calm.
A smorgasbord of strangers isled and idyllic - spruce a
stippled sanctioned salver, as sanguine seconds smoothly 
sweep past the subtle, symphonic swells of the Seine.

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  1. Date: 4/13/2009 7:16:00 AM
    Wonderful storytelling here, John! Congratulations on your win in John Heck's PICTURE PERFECT contest. Warm regards, John.

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 5:11:00 PM
    Congrats on your placement in the contest John...Raul

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 9:49:00 AM
    I hadnt seen this brought it to life. Conrats on your win. BG

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 8:30:00 AM
    Warmest congrats John for your outstanding poetry placing in Brian's contest. A beautiful Easter to you and your family. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 8:25:00 AM
    I love the images....can see this painting in my mind's eye! Congratulations John for this wonderful entry! ~ love, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 7:03:00 AM
    Congratulations John, on your win in Brian's contest with his excellent piece! I love the alliteration and your imagery is fantastic! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 5:36:00 AM
    John I just admire the way you write and the knowledge that you have - Congratulations on placing in Brian's contest - God Bless you John, MJ

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 3:08:00 AM
    When I think of Charles Seurat, this is the first painting that comes to mind. Your poem describes it well. Congratulations on your success in Brian Strands Picture Poem contest.

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 1:32:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in my contest John my next contest FANFARE is now open.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/22/2009 1:34:00 AM
    Thank you for supporting my contest John.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 1/18/2009 8:05:00 PM
    John you imagery is impeccable my friend, marvelous tones of summer resonnating throughout the flow of the read, what an awesome tribute to Rhoda and a joy to read for you as well my friend, Thank you for sharing the beauty of this write. God Bless, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 7:51:00 PM
    Not so much the eloquence but the picture painted. I can see this Summer Day in my mind and just wish. Vince

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 6:47:00 PM
    So, your a brooklyn lad? Hmm, you write like a gifted European~Smile~"Hello My Talented & Loving Brother John Heck!"~Still, I love your somewhat unique & wonderful style of writing! And this was a very image filled & lovely poem which you penned here~Smile~I sincerely hope that your new year is going beautifully for you & your loved ones dear Brother!~"My Love & Warmth To You All, John!"~"Great Write!"~Bye:)

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 5:33:00 PM
    John I really enjoy your poem. It is truly inspiring. The imagery you display is one of excellence.

  1. Date: 1/2/2009 8:19:00 AM
    Hello John. Thank you for your comment on Her Lover. I wish you a Happy New Year. I think this is beautifully written John. I know the painting very well, as I believe it is hung in the National Gallery in London Trafalgar Square, though I could be wrong. I always loved Seurat's work

  1. Date: 12/31/2008 3:14:00 AM
    awesome aliiteration!! lovely keep em coming, John!!

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 3:30:00 PM
    John -Oh My God you have rattled my heart and filled my soul ,this is the best poem I have ever seen you write! WOW WOW WOW It's going to my favorites for sure. Sheer talent shines for miles!!!!!!!! "Sailboats slice through streams of idle indigo" What a nice tribute to a frend!! Love Laura :) Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 2:07:00 PM
    Aww, this is too beautiful! And the dedication is the sweetest most thoughtful gift for a beautiful friend I admire and love. So happy you two have developed such a strong, caring friendship, as you both are and will always be very special to me. John, your poem blows me away, but in all sincerity, they all do. A total joy to read in every way, and I mean this from my heart. Love, shar

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 12:04:00 PM
    This is truly an awesome poem. I like the use of figurative language and how it brings the painting to life. Certainly, this shows the creativity of the poet and his thoughts for others. The use of alliteration moves the poem alone in a splendid manner, and also exhibits excellence in transitioning. Naturally Rhoda should be smiling in appreciation. Great job! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 11:19:00 AM
    John, This is a remarkable poem - a beautiful picturization. I was also touched by the dedication of the poem to a very worthy friend Rhoda Galgiani. It is a well deserved tribute. Thanks for your encouraging comments on my HaikuThe House of Glass. Happy New Year. -Mohammad