MD Kerr

Jungle dream

Ekphrasis after Rousseau's RÍve

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Painting: The Dream, by Henri Rousseau

Le RÍve, Henri Rousseau, 1910

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Greens: lime, fern, moss, jade;
leaves limned, strong lines rise,
spike, spread, splay: soft blade,
rich light, thick white skies.
Blue blooms burst; bold birds
perch, peach; deep-shade eyes
peer past full fruit; words
drown; gold flesh curves, thighs
heaped, breasts ripe; apes play
brass notes, sharp fierce cries;
stems stand; horns curl; day
stops, struck here: warm, wise.

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