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Table for One

Insistent starkness claims a leafless day Where morning breaks with silent calm and dread The slope of field is framed, behind the glass reveals a fallen tree, with jagged edge and grassy hills now laced with autumn rust Inside we find a plain and cheerless room The table sparce, an empty chair A plate, a knife, a saucer, without spoon One empty cup, will wait for no one there... Ambiance of what has been, ...still lingers in the air, as amber glows, with threats of snow, are just a hint, instead Lonely hours, and lonely days, and lonely shadows blend The endless songs of yesterday, slip in from window's ledge A meager meal will spread upon a table set for one Where breaking bread alone without a friend is companioned by a solitary end The angled sun, casts shadows deep and long A somber mood, reflects this quiet calm Upon the walls, where gardens grew, are faded memories where yellow blooms of yesterday, are just a step away Where, once were two, who loved and knew their sun would rise again There now is one who sits alone ...at the table set for one Where hope has gone, when morning comes... to sing a lonely song Based on the Painting by Andrew Wyeth ... "Groundhog Day" http://www.andrew-wyeth-prints.com/gallery_andrew-wyeth-groundhog-day.html

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 2/9/2013 6:07:00 PM
Congrad's on your win! I'd never seen this painting thank you. Light & Love always
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Date: 2/9/2013 4:01:00 AM
I had to google this to see the painting (I am not an art expert) Wow, Carrie, what a description, esp. the widow(?) sitting alone by the window...Whew!...Gave me chills...Congrats, of course and by the way madame, you have been footled again...your name has endless possibilities (I'm gonna go hide now)
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Date: 2/8/2013 8:43:00 PM
Dear Carrie, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win in Heather's "Famous Art" poetry contest. *Goodnight~LINDA
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Date: 2/8/2013 6:41:00 PM
Well, Carrie, I just learned the word "ekphrasis" today, but your poem defined it better than any dictionary. I wasn't familiar with this piece of Wyeth's work, but now your poem will be forever linked to it in my mind. The image is of commonplace things, but my eye was particularly drawn to the plate and cup, which look as though they float slightly above the table. Congratulations!
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Date: 2/8/2013 4:18:00 PM
wow, your writing got me to go see the picture. even with my glasses on , though, i had to read the excerpt over there to realize that was a log of jagged wood outside the window!! You described it all wonderfully. Congrats on your most well deserved win.
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Date: 2/8/2013 2:19:00 PM
well done on a smashing entry and win Carrie xx
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Date: 2/8/2013 12:18:00 PM
He was a great artist who passed away not too long ago. Your poem is well written. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 2/8/2013 12:11:00 PM
Carrie, your descriptions are outstanding. You beautifully evoked the complete and utter loneliness of this painting. Congratulations on your 1st place win in my contest!
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Date: 6/7/2010 8:43:00 AM
Congrats on your success in my contest Carrie.Rgds Brian.My latest contest Poem of Faith is now open.
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Date: 3/19/2009 8:29:00 AM
"Mutely silent songs" is a powerful oxymoron, Carrie. Like you, I am a fan of Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World spoke to me when I was 10, and when we heard the artist's wife was blind, my mother bought a copy for my bedroom. I grew up staring at the girl in the fields, always wondering what her "world" was like. Wyeth would love your poem, and I do too!
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Date: 3/18/2009 9:18:00 AM
A deft handling of the writers brush, it saw the canvas as I read.
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Date: 3/18/2009 8:09:00 AM
I don't know how I missed this one yesterday...I am so loving these writes that brings paintings alive with masterful word choice..you repainted this very well..love the tilte...love desolation framed by winter's glass..superb writing from you...you know how much I am into your work Carrie..always enjoy them....the narcissistic man can be whomever fits your interpretation.....I won't completely lift the veil..don't want to offend anyone..LOL..thanks for the brilliant comments.
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Date: 3/18/2009 6:12:00 AM
Thank you for supporting my contest Carrie.Rgds Brian
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Date: 3/17/2009 11:01:00 PM
truley amazing write. i read it twice, gosh that good stuff. very well penned
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Date: 3/17/2009 3:42:00 PM
Carrie Wow I could feel and see everything you wrote I did go to look at that wonderful piece of art. You did it great justice! Good luck in the contest! It looks like a winner to me! Laura :)
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Date: 3/17/2009 3:13:00 PM
Amazing, Carrie, wow, this contest will sure be hard to judge, after reading this and sharons, you guys blew me away. amazing. I can't get your link to work, but the poem - wow! I can see it all now...brilliant, and definalty one of your best. much love, Kristin
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Date: 3/17/2009 2:20:00 PM
One of your very best , Carrie ... Good luck in the contest ..
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Date: 3/17/2009 1:58:00 PM
Carrie, you added so much to this painting. You gave it life and reason and incredible possibilities. For me, I will always remember your poem when I look at this piece. So well penned. Good luck! Love, Shar
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