Vermeer, Girl With A Pearl Earring, painting and poem
Posted 11 March 2006 - 02:01 PM
A turban-wearing girl
With an earring made of pearl
Looks out with shining eyes
With a glance of sweet surprise
As if she's glad you're there
And you wonder if her hair
When finally unbound
Could match the beauty found
In the sparkle of her gaze
In the glory of the rays
Of sun that bathe the girl
With an earring made of pearl.
Posted 11 March 2006 - 11:31 PM
Posted 12 March 2006 - 11:39 PM
Posted 15 March 2006 - 01:20 AM
(Sorry I took so long getting to here - I wanted to spend some time on this in a quiet frame of mind.)
I really like this idea of putting a poem with a painting. I might do one or another myself.
What is interesting is that your poem draws focus to the value of the girl as a person, nature (rays) and the artist's technique. You make the pleased surprise in her glance get reflected back through reader (and viewer) - if he/she lets the poem in (internalizes it) - by highlighting all the beauty from these different sources.
After going on this little mental trip, I don't think I will ever see this painting again without a pleasant kind of feeling of "Howdy, glad to see you" inside me popping up all by itself.
(But do I see something furtive in her glance too? No matter, the "howdy" is now part of it all.)
Posted 15 March 2006 - 04:28 AM
Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:39 PM
Two thumbs up. Way up.
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Posted 19 March 2006 - 12:39 AM
Posted 29 April 2006 - 10:36 AM
I saw this painting in person. My daughter, Ayn, and I were in Amsterdam for a week and we took a day trip to the Hague just to see this painting (and view the outside of the house Spinoza wrote the Ethics in). Your poem is a worthy addition to my enjoyment of this work. As is the movie, which I own.
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