Today's piece is "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani.
I am no stranger to girls in yellow dresses... one in particular has made me happy for years: Etta Mae Pettway, a supporting character in LEAVING GEE'S BEND. There's a chapter in the book called "Girl in the Yellow Dress," and on my 2019-to-do list is to research Mobile, Alabama 1930-32 history to write a companion novel from Etta Mae's point of view. So there's that!
Interestingly, I don't think I've ever worn a yellow dress, because I've never thought yellow to complement my skin tone. Hmmm...
Anyhow, this poem came to me quickly and easily... because whether I wear the yellow dress or not, I AM this girl. Enjoy!
Girl in a Yellow Dress
after A Girl in a Yellow Dress by Amedeo Modigliani.
Sometimes I sit and stare
and you think I'm not going anywhere.
But in that moment,
that tiny, precise moment
my heart is dreaming,
mind-movies are streaming –
sailboats and pelicans are nesting
in my hair!
Truth is, I'm always smiling – somewhere.
- Irene Latham
Please be sure to stop by Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme to read Matt's opening line in this year's Progressive Poem! Yay!