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Ekphrasis on The Magpie by Monet

A lonesome magpie~ perching on a forlorn wooden stairs on a snowcapped mountain side spells serenity in the day light. The barn house reflects the pale lavender shadows~ a soft blend of chiaroscuro; The thickened snow in impasto reminds me of winter daydreams of my love so far away. The hanging frosty pearls on dancing dainty twigs~ sparkling like chandeliers in ancient sanctuaries; Like the diamonds I keep as a symbol of his promise that one day soon~ he will come back to me. 3 February 2021 Notes: The Magpie (French: La Pie) is an oil-on-canvas landscape painting by the French Impressionist Claude Monet, created during the winter of 1868–1869 near the commune of Étretat in Normand. (Photo and info credits to Wikipedia)

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Date: 7/21/2021 3:51:00 AM
Beautiful tribute ~ I love this series of ekphrasis you are doing. These classic paintings really speak to you. What a wonderful collection they would make bound in a book ~
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Date: 2/27/2021 9:08:00 AM
Love this excellent poem with serene and evocative vocabulary. The painting! Wow! Surreal! You have chosen a great painting with winter landscape to associate your wondrous words. Love ~ Mala
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Date: 2/27/2021 4:58:00 AM
You created a beautiful mood and scene. I love to see blackbirds outside but the sight set you off on a wonderful poetic journey. Best, SuZ
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Date: 2/6/2021 10:05:00 AM
Such verses sing to this old poet as does a cool morn in Spring. Your opening stanza set the stage and you filled it with such creative depths and image evoking verses! A definite fav- a glowing jewel that inspires me today. A fav.. God bless and thanks..
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Date: 2/5/2021 3:52:00 PM
JCB, congratulations on your win in Brian's All Yours contest with this excellent poem, well done _Constance
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Date: 2/4/2021 1:16:00 PM
This is splendid work. I had never seen a winter painting by Monet. Recently I had been teaching English using info about Monet and for sure, this beautiful picture had not been included in the lesson. Monet was amazing.
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Date: 2/4/2021 5:34:00 AM
Beautiful! Love it!
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Date: 2/3/2021 10:04:00 PM
Amazing poetry, that speaks volumes to it's reader, once pondered on the painting. I believe the artist would be proud to associate his work with these wondrous words.
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Date: 2/3/2021 10:54:00 AM
- You describe this so beautifully ... the last verse is excellent use the romantic eye, JCB :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/3/2021 8:30:00 AM
Your verses are beautifully poetic, JCB. “...frosty pearls dancing on dainty twigs...sparkling like chandeliers” gives such a clear vision of the scene. A winter fantasy, and very romantic with yearning.
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Date: 2/3/2021 7:42:00 AM
Very descriptive of the work with your added personal touch at the end. I enjoyed reading it today. Thanks for the visit to my page. I appreciate you stopping by with a comment and congrats. Sara
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