Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ARTSPEAK! 2016: Poem #27 "When We Meet in the Garden"

Hello, and welcome to day 27 of my National Poetry Month poem-a-day-project ARTSPEAK! in which I respond to images found in the online collections at the National Gallery of ArtPlease join me, if you feel so inspired!

But first, please visit Mary Lee at Poetrepository to see how our Progressive Poem is progressing!

 This year's ARTSPEAK! theme is "Plant. Grow Eat." It was inspired by the release of my latest book FRESH DELICIOUS: Poems from the Farmers' Market.
Here are the poems so far:

"Sunday Afternoon" after Madame Monet and her Son by Auguste Renoir
"Let Us Now Praise Leafy Things" after The Gardener - Old Peasant with Cabbage by Camille Pissarro"Just Like the Garden" after On the Fence by Winslow Homer
"What Grapes Say" after Plate by Dorothy Posten
"A Dream of Wheat" after Field of Green Wheat by Vincent van Gogh
"Fruit Jar" after Fruit Jar by J. Howard Iams
"Child in the Garden" after The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil by Claude Monet
"Math Lesson (from the Garden)" after Still Life with Lemons and Oranges wit Blue Gloves" by Vincent van Gogh
"Gardening Basics" after The Watering Can/Emblems: the Garden by Roger de La Fresnaye
"Mary in the Garden" after Reading in the Garden by Pompeo Mariani
"This Wheelbarrow" after A Woman Emptying a Wheelbarrow by Camille Pissarro
"A Dream of Sheep" after Warm Afternoon by Winslow Homer
"Harvest" after The Last Days of Harvest by Winslow Homer
"Anticipation (in the Garden) after George Moore in the Artist's Garden by Edouard Manet
"Gathering Fruit" after Gathering Fruit by Mary Cassatt
"Bread's Lament" after Boy with Basket of Fruit by an unknown American artist
"After the Fire" after Ruined Farm by Hubert Robert
"Cow at the Gate" after Landscape with Open Gate by Pieter Molijin
"I Am the Plate" after Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit by Paul Cezanne
"Courtship (According to the Cat)" by Winslow Homer
"Courage" after Planting Corn by Stanley Mazur
"Orchard Barber Shop" after Gardener Pruning a Tree by Jacques Callot
"Gardener's Companion" after The Watering Can by Georges Seurat
"Triolet for Planting Day" after The Artist's Garden at Eragny by Camille Pissarro

Today's poem is inspired by "The Artist's Garden in Argenteuil (A corner of the Garden with Dahlias)" by Claude Monet. At first glance the painting is all dahlias, but then there's that tiny couple hiding beneath that tree... so of course I had to make this a love poem! (How many of these poems have been love poems? Soon I will count them all up and let you know.)

When Me Meet in the Garden

The old tree
leans in to listen

and the dahlias
in their Sunday dresses
for the best view

and I know there
must be sky
and sun
and tiny sprigs and sprouts
shouting Look at me!

but all I see
is you.

- Irene Latham

Listen to the poem on Soundcloud.


  1. Oh, Irene. That is gorgeous. You write the best love poems (both to people and to the world).

  2. Yes, you do write wonderful love poems!

  3. Gorgeous, Irene! I love those nosy "dahlias/in their Sunday dresses."

  4. This one's lovely! Sky and sun and tiny sprigs and sprouts. . . (love the alliteration) "but all I see is you." Wonderful line!


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