Grant Tarbard – 2 poems 

 A Thought Captured 

inspired by Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin

Rodin

 

in monument 

captured the persona

of a thought that bubbles away

in bronze.

 

🍃

 

 

A Trip to Cythera 

inspired by The Embarkation for Cythera by Jean-Antoine Watteau

 

Régence’s amorous revelry 

celebrates love with a staff of cupids flying,

 

ink absorbed sensuousness,

an acid bathed statue of Venus within the knotty stump.

 

Diana splashed with vermillion in a glaze, 

the anatomy of light in their passionate delicateness.

 

The party seem to be leaving rather than arriving,

at the foot of the hill the golden boat of wispy brushstrokes waits

 

with increasingly transparent sails, a hesitancy of moths wings,

a tryst glancing back fondly at the goddess’s sacred grove.

 

The hazy landscape is a puzzle-box

not giving anything up whether it is dawn or dusk.

 

🍃

 

Grant Tarbard is an editorial assistant for Three Drops From A Cauldron and a reviewer. His new collection Rosary of Ghosts (Indigo Dreams) will be released soon.

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