William Wright Harris

 

 

breakfast of a blind man


his eyes almost

empty

sockets as

wells

of blue

bottomless

one hand clutches

a piece of bread

the other reaches

again

into a

darkness

picasso’s palette

can never match






a clearing


exploding with green

   erupting from the

         grass&leaves the

earth&sky be

   coming irrelevant

      at some unseen

point be

    tween heavens just

         starting to grey

 

two figures as

    solitary

          as the many

individual

    brush strokes made

        by gauguin’s hand





the lonely ones


two people

standing together

standing a l one



oil on canvas






a little washerwoman


not a portrait

of a lady

nor any other

aristocratic figure

instead

gauguin painted a

woman wading

in a river

her hands

dipping in

to water

 

bedsheets&shirts

corsets&tablecloths

lingerie&socks

 

music


a sketch

 

a eunuch

drags

wooden bow

across

nylon string

 

two women

embrace in the

openness

of the pasture

the whiteness of

their dress in

stark contrast to

the green grass be

neath them to

the clouds

swirling a

bove them

 

an other

sits in quiet

contemplation

a possible

reference of

matisse to rodin

and his philosopher

 

 Copyright © 2012 William Wright Harris

 
The poetry of William Wright Harris has appeared in nine countries in such literary journals as The Cannon’s Mouth, Ascent Aspirations, generations and Write On!!! A student at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, he has studied poetry in workshop settings with such poets as Jesse Janeshek, Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith, and Marcel Brouwers