Spotlight Poetry – Hear the Hurry of the Bells – A poem by Goff James

The image depicts a painting titled The Bell by the artist Luka Kapanadze. The work is a vibrant atmospheric semi-abstract expressionist painting and is an exploration of line, gesture, sound and colour. Multiple layers of black, orange, yellow, red, white and brown colours and shapes fuse one into the other providing depth and a sense of movement which gives the painting its dramatic intensity. The work supports the poem Hear the Hurry of the Bells written by the poet Goff James.
© Luka Kapanadze, The Bell, 2013

Hear the Hurry of the Bells by Goff James

Robed in hymns and psalms
Hear the hurry of the bells
How the faithful gather

Lessons read sermons preached
Hear the hurry of the bells
Prayers to heaven raised

Penance kneeling duly paid
Hear the hurry of the bells
Worldly blessings made

How the faithful gather
Hear the hurry of the bells
Robed in hymns and psalms

Poem Attribution – Goff James – Hear the Hurry of the Bells

Copyright (c) 2022 Goff James – All Rights Reserved 

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Painting Attribution © Luka Kapanadze, The Bell, 2013

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Spotlight Poetry – Love in a Mist – A Poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The image depicts a painting titled Love in the Mist by the artist Morag Bates. The work is a vibrant still life floral painting of a single blue  Love in the Mist flowerhead. The image supports the poem Love in a Mist written by the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne.
© Morag Bates, Love in the Mist, 2020

Love in a Mist by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light love in a mist, by the midsummer moon misguided,
Scarce seen in the twilight garden if gloom insist,

Seems vainly to seek for a star whose gleam has derided
Light love in a mist.

All day in the sun, when the breezes do all they list,
His soft blue raiment of cloudlike blossom abided
Unrent and unwithered of winds and of rays that kissed.

Blithe-hearted or sad, as the cloud or the sun subsided,
Love smiled in the flower with a meaning whereof none wist
Save two that beheld, as a gleam that before them glided,
Light love in a mist.

Poem Attribution © Algernon Charles Swinburne, Love in a Mist

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/love-in-a-mist/

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Painting Attribution © Morag Bates, Love in the Mist, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – The Fairy School Under the Loch – A Poem by John Rice

The image depicts a painting titled Fairy Wings by the artist Sara Baldwin. The work is a vibrant abstract surreal magical landscape painting. The image supports the poem The Fairy School under the Loch written by the poet John Rice.
© Sara Baldwin, Fairy Wings, 2015

The Fairy School Under the Loch by John Rice

The wind sings its gusty song.
The bell rings its rusty ring.

The underwater fairy children
dive and swim through school gates.
They do not get wet.

The waves flick their flashing spray.
A school of fish wriggles its scaly way.
The underwater fairy children
learn their liquidy lessons.

Their reading books are always dry.

The seal straighten in a stretchy mass.
Teresa the Teacher flits and floats from class to class.

The underwater fairy children
count, play, sing and recite,
their clothes not in the least bit damp.

The rocks creak in their cracking skin.
A fairy boat drifts into a loch of time.

The underwater fairy children
lived, learned and left this life-
their salty stories now dry as their cracked wings.

Poem Attribution © John Rice, The Fairy School Under the Loch

Source Attribution https://lydonteaches.com/quite-excellent/27

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Painting Attribution © Sara Baldwin, Fairy Wings, 2015

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Spotlight Poetry – Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount – A Poem by Ben Jonson

The image depicts a painting titled Echo and Narcissus by the artist John William Waterhouse. The work is a figurative mythological landscape painting of Echo and Narcissus besides a pool. The image supports the poem Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount written by the poet and playwright Ben Jonson.
© John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, 1903

Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount by Ben Jonson

Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears;
Yet slower, yet, O faintly, gentle springs!

List to the heavy part the music bears,
Woe weeps out her division, when she sings.
Droop herbs and flowers;
Fall grief in showers;

Our beauties are not ours.
O, I could still,
Like melting snow upon some craggy hill,
Drop, drop, drop, drop,

Since nature’s pride is now a withered daffodil.

Poem Attribution © Ben Jonson, Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount (Cynthia’s Revels – The Fountain of Self Love)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/50680/slow-slow-fresh-fount

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Painting Attribution © John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, 1903

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Spotlight Poetry – Madonna of the Evening Flowers – A Poem by Amy Lowell

The image depicts a painting titled English Garden, Summertime by the artist Olga Koval,. The work is a vibrant realistic impressionistic landscape painting of an English garden in Summer. The image supports the poem Madonna of the Evening Flowers written by the poet Amy Lowell.
© Olga Koval, English Garden, Summertime, 2020

Madonna of the Evening Flowers by Amy Lowell

All day long I have been working
Now I am tired.

I call: “Where are you?”
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind.
The house is very quiet,
The sun shines in on your books,

On your scissors and thimble just put down,
But you are not there.
Suddenly I am lonely:
Where are you?
I go about searching.

 
Then I see you,
Standing under a spire of pale blue larkspur,
With a basket of roses on your arm.
You are cool, like silver,
And you smile.

I think the Canterbury bells are playing little tunes,
You tell me that the peonies need spraying,
That the columbines have overrun all bounds,
That the pyrus japonica should be cut back and rounded.

You tell me these things.
But I look at you, heart of silver,
White heart-flame of polished silver,
Burning beneath the blue steeples of the larkspur,

And I long to kneel instantly at your feet,
While all about us peal the loud, sweet Te Deums of the Canterbury bells.

Poem Attribution © Amy Lowell, Madonna of the Evening Flowers

Source Attribution https://www.thereader.org.uk/featured-poem-madonna-of-the-evening-flowers-by-amy-lowell/

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Painting Attribution © Olga Koval, English Garden, Summertime, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – July – A Poem by Helen Hunt Jackson

The image depicts a painting titled Water Lilies by the artist Julie Logunova. The work is a vibrant realistic painting of depicts three water lilies. They are white. The flowers shine in the sun. White petals and blue shadows The snow-white flowers are reflected on the surface of the water of the pond. The water is dark blue, indigo, grey-blue.. The image supports the poem July written by the poet Helen Hunt Jackson.
© Julie Logunova, Water Lilies, 2021

July by Helen Hunt Jackson

Some flowers are withered and some joys have died;
The garden reeks with an East Indian scent

From beds where gillyflowers stand weak and spent;
The white heat pales the skies from side to side;
But in still lakes and rivers, cool, content,
Like starry blooms on a new firmament,

White lilies float and regally abide.
In vain the cruel skies their hot rays shed;
The lily does not feel their brazen glare.
In vain the pallid clouds refuse to share

Their dews, the lily feels no thirst, no dread.
Unharmed she lifts her queenly face and head;
She drinks of living waters and keeps fair.

Poem Attribution © Helen Hunt Jackson, July, A Calendar of Sonnets

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-calendar-of-sonnets-july/

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Painting Attribution © Julie Logunova, Water Lilies, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – The Cruel Moon – A Poem by Robert Graves

The image depicts a painting titled Moon under the Stars by the artist Guille Marto. The work is a vibrant semi-abstract sky-scape painting of the moon and stars. The image supports the poem The Cruel Moon written by the poet Robert Graves.
© Guille Marto, Moon under the Stars, 2015

The Cruel Moon by Robert Graves

The cruel Moon hangs out of reach
Up above the shadowy beech.

Her face is stupid, but her eye
Is small and sharp and very sly.
Nurse says the Moon can drive you mad?
No, that’s a silly story, lad!

Though she be angry, though she would
Destroy all England if she could,
Yet think, what damage can she do
Hanging there so far from you?

Don’t heed what frightened nurses say:
Moons hang much too far away.

Poem Attribution © Robert Graves, The Cruel Moon

Source Attribution https://rainydaypoems.com/poems-for-kids/space-poems/the-cruel-moon-robert-graves/

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Painting Attribution © Guille Marto, Moon under the Stars, 2015

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Spotlight Poetry – The Metamorphosis – A Poem by Charles Tomlinson

The image depicts a painting titled Bluebell Wood by the artist Nicolette Moglia. The work is a realistic landscape painting of a bluebell wood. The image supports the poem The Metamorphosis written by the poet Charles Tomlinson.
© Nicolette Moglia, Bluebell Wood, 2021

The Metamorphosis by Charles Tomlinson

Bluebells come crowding a fellside
A stream once veined.
It rises
Like water again where, bell on bell,
They flow through its bed, each rope
And rivulet, each tributary thread
Found-out by flowers.
And not the slope
Alone, runs with this imaginary water:
Marshes and pools of it stay
On the valley-floor, fed (so the eye would say)
From the same store and streamed.

Like water, too, this blueness not all blue
Goes ravelled with ground shades, grass and stem,
As the wind dishevels and strokes it open;
So that the mind, in salutary confusion,

Surrendering up its powers to the illusion,
Could, swimming in metamorphoses, believe
Water itself might move like a flowing of flowers.

Poem Attribution © Charles Tomlinson, The Metamorphsis

Source Attribution The Language of Flowers, Ed. Jane Holloway, Pub. Alfred A. Knopf

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Painting Attribution © Nicolette Moglia, Bluebell Wood, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – The Eagle – A Poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The image depicts a painting titled Golden Eagle & Red Grouse by the artist Martin Ridley. The work is a realistic painting capturing beautiful  landscape of highland  and moorland depicting an eagle swooping down on a covey of red grouse. This painting is portrayed in beautiful shades of blue, grey, green and earth tones. The work supports the poem The Eagle written by the poet Lord, Alfred Tennyson.
© Martin Ridley, Golden Eagle & Red Grouse, (Date Unstated)

The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

Poem Attribution © Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Eagle

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45322/the-eagle-56d224c9a41d1

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Painting Attribution © Martin Ridley, Golden Eagle & Red Grouse, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – In Music – A Poem by Czeslaw Milosz

The image depicts a painting titled Wedding by the artist Sara Cutler. The work is a vibrant naive figurative painting of a simple country wedding procession. The image supports the poem In Music written by the poet Czeslaw Milosz.
© Sara Cutler, Wedding, 2017

In Music by Czeslaw Milosz

Translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Hass

Wailing of a flute, a little drum.
A small wedding cortege accompanies a couple
Going past clay houses on the street of a village.

In the dress of the bride much white satin.
How many pennies put away to sew it, once in a lifetime.
The dress of the groom black, festively stiff.
The flute tells something to the hills, parched, the colour of deer.
Hens scratch in dry mounds of manure.

I have not seen it, I summoned it listening to music.
The instruments play for themselves, in their own eternity.
Lips glow, agile fingers work, so short a time.
Soon afterwards the pageant sinks into the earth.
But the sound endures, autonomous, triumphant,
For ever visited by, each time returning,

The warm touch of cheeks, interiors of houses,
And particular human lives
Of which the chronicles make no mention.

Poem Attribution © Czeslaw Milosz, In Music

Source Attribution Music’s Spell, Ed. Emily Fragos, Pub. Alfred A. Knopf

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Painting Attribution © Sara Cutler, Wedding, 2017

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