Saturday, April 27, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "Last Day of Summer" by Irene Latham

Hello and welcome to ARTSPEAK: Happy! my 2019 National Poetry Month poem a day project, in which I am responding to pieces of art that make me happy. Read why in my introductory post.

Poems so far:
Girl in a Yellow Dress after "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani
When the Stars Come to Town after "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh
On a Golden Day in May after "Checkered House" by Grandma Moses
Beach Time after "Children Playing on the Beach" by Mary Cassatt
The Weight of Happiness after "Flower Seller" by Diego Rivera
By the Sea "Coastal Scene with Gulls" by Maud Lewis
Sister Song after an untitled piece by Henry Darger
Two Cows after "2 Cows" by Maud Lewis
Girl in Hat after "Girl in Hat" by Norman Lewis
Backstage after "Dancers in Green and Yellow" by Edgar Degas. 
"So Many Suns" after Kohbar of Mithila
"To an Olive Tree" after Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun by Vincent van Gogh
"Three Black Cats" after Three Black Cats by Maud Lewis
"When Grandma Reads" after Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren by Mary Cassatt
"On a June Afternoon" after Pigeon on a Peach Branch by Emperor Huizong
"On the Water" after On the Water by Mary Cassatt
"Autumn Prayer" after Red Vineyard at Arles by Vincent van Gogh
"Julie Manet with Cat" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"When a Horse Writes a Poem" after Horse Head on a Yellow Background 1953 by Fernand Leger.
"Fiddle Song" after The Fiddler by Marc Chagall
"A Dream of Yellow" after Tree Against a Yellow Background by Odilon Redon
"The Letter" after The Letter by Mary Cassatt
"To a Sunflower" after Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
"Only in Summer" after The Yellow Boat by Gustave Caillebotte
"Wish I May, Wish I Might" after Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh
"The Guitarist" after Girl in Yellow and Blue with a Guitar by Henri Matisse

Today's piece is "Wheat Fields with Cypresses" by Vincent van Gogh.

Last Day of Summer
after “Wheat Fields with Cypresses” by Vincent van Gogh

It's true: soon
green hills will fade
to brown

but cypress knows
today is not a day
to cry –

not when cotton candy
swirls the sky

and wheat fields wave
their golden hands,

- Irene Latham

ETA: I think a better title for the poem might be "Last Day of Summer." Always editing....

Be sure to visit Sheila Renfro for the latest line in our Progressive Poem!


  1. Beautiful painting! You delight us every day with these pairings. Love this image: "...wheat fields wave their golden hands..." And the gorgeous swirly sky! I have to borrow Robyn's words from yesterday - *Sigh* and *Swoon.*

  2. Wise cypress. Wise Irene. Love. xx

  3. Honestly Irene I could use your poems with kids about capturing the essence of a thought, be it from a painting, an idea, an experience with your wonderful work and poems. I love this. It's so able to stand alone. And evokes what we feel at summer's end that always comes too soon.......Janet Clare F.


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