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Inspired by Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Inspired by Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring

I am a suitor sneaking upon her
or perhaps a light breeze upon her shoulder

exasperation or is it disappointment parts her lips,
simple indifference, unfulfilled hope?

turban undisturbed,
in careful turn from light

would be I the target of her stare,
the reason for embalmment leap

to me, to sit
on this Mauritshus bench.


©Kathryn McLoughlin Collins


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Inspired by Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring

I am a suitor sneaking upon her
or perhaps a light breeze upon her shoulder

exasperation or is it disappointment parts her lips,
simple indifference, unfulfilled hope?

turban undisturbed, 
in careful turn from light

would be I the target of her stare,
the reason for embalmment leap 

to me, to sit 
on this Mauritshus bench.


©Kathryn McLoughlin Collins

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  1. Date: 11/22/2012 1:05:00 AM
    This is so cool(yes, I still use 'cool' in comments sometimes lol). Seriously though, the word 'sneaking' captured something in this particular painting and most of Vermeer's famous girl paintings -- is it just me, or do the men in the paintings seem to be quite creepy, and 'sneaky'?(age can be relative, but the girls appear to be....well, innocent girls, and the men in the paintings are just too weird haha!).

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 10:01:00 AM
    ...soup mail:)

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 12:36:00 PM
    love this beautiful write, Kathryn. Many congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 9:40:00 AM
    I must look this painting up..I am sure that it will be a delight to see..Thanks for stopping by with congrats on my work that placed in the contest..Sara

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 4:49:00 AM
    absolutely beautifully penned on a painting that once seen never forgotten.... your take on being the potential reason for her gaze i find most enchanting... seems that is why we are drawn sometimes to a work of art is that they make us feel involved... lovely piece indeed

  1. Date: 6/10/2012 7:51:00 AM
    Beautiful poem Kathryn, love it! - Have a lovely Sunday. - oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/9/2012 12:19:00 PM
    I know the painting well. In fact, a college friend of mine fashioned a really good reproduction. YOU have captured her quiet beauty so well here. '...turban undisturbed,' SWEET! BRAVO Kathy!! Love, Keith :)

  1. Date: 6/9/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Wonderfully written poetry Kathryn. Thank you for sharing. Have a super weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/9/2012 5:37:00 AM
    I checked out the painting... you've made a stunning redition of the mood in your words... wonderful... Terry (and thank you once again for your support, and so many kind comments...)

  1. Date: 6/8/2012 4:47:00 PM
    Kathy, just love this, and love Vemeer, well done..David