Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Arnolfini Wedding portrait ~ Jan Van Eyck

For desire she lifted her skirts to him
For duty she followed him out on the limb
For hope she bore his children screaming
For life she lived her days in dreaming

For power he took what was offered him
For duty he ventured out on the limb
For peace he left her with the children screaming
For hope he lost himself in dreaming

And with children gathered she revealed the child within her breast
And with children following he laid their childish fears to rest

And as the day broke through with gathered light
In love they stood for what is right


Candie Bracci(C.B.) said...

I love it.

About this painting...I've been studying it,I still hate the face of that man,it's physical,I just hate him!lol.

CherryPie said...

That's really beautiful :-)

Pisces Iscariot said...

Candie: I guess it's that holier-than-thou expression on his face.

CherriePie: glad you enjoyed.

Mariah said...

This is one of my favorite paintings of all time. Wonderful choice.

Cyan said...

Lovely poem.

James Higham said...

Bygone times.

Donn Coppens said...

They look so happy.

She offered her honour
he honoured her offer,
and all through the night,
it was honour and offer!

jams o donnell said...


Pisces Iscariot said...

Mariah, Cyan & Jams: Glad you liked it
James: you think? mmm maybe you're right
Don: boom boom the old ones are the best ones

Allan said...

I have been intrigued by this painting since some long -ago year, but I don't know the poem-is it yours? Nice. I like this blog. Thanks for visiting mine!

Pisces Iscariot said...

Thanks for visiting Allan - yes the poem is mine.