After a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882).

The Day-Dream

As listless as the bloom within her hand,
the lady gazes into vacancy:
her lavishly cascading dress itself
a deep dream of cool blue, a water-weave.

Entwined in leaf-life, she grasps the slim branch
of a tree that shares her youthful suppleness,
we note a tristful tilt, a prim reserve
about her form, black hair bound tight, soft feet

in sandals firmly clasped as if to guard
against the mutinies of lawless June,
against the myriad anarchies of earth ---

a dream of Alighieri, of Verlaine,
her moon-pale skin unblushing in the sun,
her lips the speechless rhymes of sonneteers.

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Written on 2020-07-30 at 09:20

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I looked at the painting before I read your poem a second time. Yours is an excellent likeness.

bibek adhikari The PoetBay support member heart!
a fitting tribute to rosetti, especially in the use of the language and the treatment of the subject. the form-content harmony is delectable.