Surpris!

 

The golden cat, in a verdant leaf tropical storm,
Watches the girl take a picture of him

I watch the tiger, and the child
Holding the digital SLR camera

Here in Room 45, filled with dozens of voices
(Different languages, cultures, ages, and times)

We all survey these pieces, living paint
On stretched canvas, controlled by wood

Rousseau’s lightning strike illuminates the room,
Her eyes, the lens, reflecting immortal brushstrokes

For you, I recreate this moment,
Recapturing this vision at the National Gallery

Gazing upon this painting for the second time
And in vicarious wonderment anew

 

 

©Ginger Lee Thomason and gingerleethomason.com, 2015-2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ginger Lee Thomason and gingerleethomason.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Photo source: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2006/rousseau/surprised.shtm#

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