She paints a different scene
different from the devastation of war.
One of deep meaning to her people.
Far from crimson-orange flames,
bomb bursting flares in night skies,
blood-stained rubble covered streets.
She paints a girl with auburn hair
back to us, looking out at sunburst sky
in the midst of dandelion fields.
Beautiful broadleaf perennial weed,
dandelions bloom brightly yellow,
steep in teas and make fine wine.
Notoriously challenging to remove,
ten-inch-long taproots deep in soil
tenaciously hold their place in earth.
Sunflowers may be the national flower,
but this upstart weed personifies her people.
Strength, perseverance, and beauty,
just as she painted, the dandelion field.
Written for Poetics Tuesday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Mish is hosting and gives us an inspiring, beautiful and timely prompt, acquainting us with Ukrainian artist, Vika Muse. We are to select one of her remarkable paintings and be inspired by it. As Mish writes: “During this unfathomable yet very real situation in her homeland, let us bask in the light of her artistry and be a reflection of light with our words.”
The work of Vika Muse can be found on Instagram at @get.muse and is featured on the website http://www.inprnt.com (just do a search on this site for Vika Muse and all her artwork will come up). I selected her piece, The Dandelion Field.
dVerse pub opens at 3 PM Boston time, featuring this prompt.