Sunday, August 5, 2012

MAGPIE...Prompt #129





                                        A Dinner Table At Night/ 1884/ John Singer Sargent


Thank you, Tess...at Magpie Tales...


MR.SARGENT COMES TO DINNER

My poor heart,
rising and falling
like a sparrow in my breast,
how long it's been
since my beauty was deified,
Mr. Sargent.

The souvenir of my profile
suited the world,
buttressed what I was starved for.
You sanctified me,
a forever nameless Madame X,
an icon,
and now my beauty crumbles
quicker than my weeping.

I was the fire in intimacy
before it dies.
The painting is me forever,
I'm grateful,
and here am I
selling myself to you, Mr Sargent,
willing to pay this time.

Paint me as I am now,
stirring coffee after dinner,
two lumps or one?



                                                               Sargent/ Madame X


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28 comments:

Gerry Snape said...

ah Lynn...what a sad end to the madame x if so she is...love your take on the painting. Thankyou.

Christine said...

beauiful opening lines

Berowne said...

True; as you say, he deified beauty. Well done.

izzy said...

Cool- two lumps please Madam X !
Thanks.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

I like the urgency of the women wanting to be with and painted by him.

Brian Miller said...

I was the fire in intimacy
before it dies....i really like that line...it says much...and you bring out a bit of the history behind it...a tough life selling one self...given only a few years i imagine she looked quite different...

DCW said...

I like the historical take. It bridges the real and the imaginative.

R. Burnett Baker said...

Written so that I could hear her voice actually speaking!

Kutamun said...

The Fiery intimacy in this burns bright, Lyn, thanks

Lyn said...

Hi Gerry-
You know, I felt this in my bones!...Thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Christine-
Thank you...she walks in beauty!

Lyn said...

Hi Berowne-
Great beauty is startling, isn't it? Thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi izzy-
Coming right up! Thanks for your witty words...

Lyn said...

Hi Quotes...
I think perhaps she knows that time is fleeting..thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
A tough life indeed,being a great beauty, pulled along by time..only imagining...thanks.

Lyn said...

Hi DCW-
Thank you so much..Sargent always appeals to me in a big way!

Lyn said...

Hi R. Burnett..
What a lovely thing to say, Rick...thank you!

Lyn said...

Hi Kutamun-
So glad you found the emotion here..thanks!

Linda said...

Oh, if ONLY Sargent would come to dinner!!! What a creatively wonderful way to present your poem, Lyn. I loved it. Thank you for sharing.

Tess Kincaid said...

I love to imagine the flamboyant Madame X at the table, like any woman...

Lyn said...

Hi Linda-
Thank you so much..just felt like indulging a fantasy...hmmm, who's next?

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
My heart skips a beat when I see a Sargent! Thank you so much!!

Karen S. said...

A very nice take on this prompt. I believe John Singer Sargent had many a lovely dames in his life....!

~T~ said...

Oh, she still looks pretty good. More comfortable, too! Nice.

Lyn said...

Hi Karen-
Thank you..I do believe that Sargent had as many models as necessary!

Lyn said...

Hi ~T~..
Yes, I guess one of those beauties who never fade! Thanks..

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful!

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
Just lovely...thank you!

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