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The Book

Geoffrey gave me an exquisite book
For Christmas.
It is a showcase of the work of
Hundert Wasser - the great Viennese artist,
Architect and visionary.
The jewel colours, the gracious curves -
No straight lines here to sicken
The environmentalist obeying
Natural Law to create spaces
That nurture - not the 'bleeding houses'
Made of rectangles
The insult of the straight line -
Alien to organic forms -
Transmitting alarm signals to the brain.
The blues, reds and oranges combined with yellow greens
Soothe the soul and stimulate the senses.
They jump out at me
Invigorate and excite me - 
Inspire a rebelliousness against angles
Harsh lines and grey.

Copyright © Liz Walsh

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  1. Date: 1/4/2011 1:03:00 PM
    there is so much more to architecture than many think. As you depict so well here, it haqs a great affect on the human spirit. nice to know you appreciate it as such. Thanks for sharing

  1. Date: 1/1/2011 1:05:00 PM
    Don't know about this stuff, but wow, I agree with you. Jewel colors sound so much nicer than harsh lines and gray!! I enjoyed this. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 5:48:00 PM
    wow! a very brilliant poem,, i truly enjoy this poem,,, adding to my faves.. i like smart clever poems.. lol.. i'm a bit of a nerd,,,,miss p.d.

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 8:14:00 AM
    How wonderful to receive such a beautiful book for Christmas, Liz. I hope you had a terrific holiday! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 7:33:00 AM
    Hi Liz. What a lovely present to receive. Must have touched something for you to create a work such as this. A happy and peaceful New Year to you and yours. Eamon

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 9:07:00 PM
    Wonderful example of learning something every single day, thanks Liz, expressed so awesome in this poem. Harry

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 7:13:00 AM
    thanks for the wonderful comment of yours on my piece, I am a fresh graduate too and have a friend who loves noodles... well, soupmail.

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 10:36:00 PM
    I am not familiar with this artist, but now that I have read this poem, my curiosity has to be satiated. It appears you describe the artist and his work well here.

  1. Date: 12/27/2010 6:12:00 AM
    Liz, it is long time I have not dropped by, my friend. It was good of you though to call on me. Thanks for reading my poem, I will never do straight lines like an architect, but I will read the book too ... with your poems in it.

  1. Date: 12/27/2010 5:44:00 AM
    Sadly, I had to admit I had never heard of your artist.. so off to google..what a lovely surprise this morning. Gorgeous colors, I will investigate more when I have time. I enjoyed your poem very much.. Very nice gift! BG