alycewilson (alycewilson) wrote,

NaPoWriMo 8: Adele's Stare

My poem for National Poetry Writing Month today is inspired by an art piece, based on the prompt I posted at Wild Violet: NAPOWRIMO 2020 - Prompt 8.


By Gustav Klimt - 1. The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202. 2. Neue Galerie New York, Public Domain, Link

Adele's Stare

Pressed into a goldleaf book, an icon
with bow lips, dark swept hair.
Her hands caught in awkward clasp,
a coquettish attempt, more beguiling
than the myriad baubles --
gold, copper, sapphire, pearl.
Engulfed in a voluminous train,
her narrow dress looks
back. Wide pupils,
layer upon layer, return
the gaze. Drawing
sight upwards, always
to her protruding
charcoal-lined eyes.
Tags: art, napowrimo, napowrimo 2020, poetry

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