Economy of line and shade
conveys so little
and evokes so much.
With brush strokes and touch
the artist captures:
a curved line – the rim of a hat;
a charcoal shadow – a gloved hand;
a vermillion smear – a pair of lips
whisper of blush.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
Rene Gruau (1909-2004) image found on Pinterest
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille #17 – Shadow
De is our host this Monday and she has given us a wonderful prompt for a quadrille: she asks us to ponder one word, ‘shadow’, and poetically transform it into 44. The idea for my poem was ‘found’ in a brief article about a similar picture by Rene Gruau that I read in the Times last Saturday. I wasn’t sure which of the quotes to choose, but I think the following is most apt: “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.” ― Sylvia Plath , The Bell Jar