Sunday, April 14, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "When Grandma Reads" by Irene Latham

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

Today's piece is "Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" by Mary Cassatt.
When Grandma Reads

- after "Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" by Mary Cassatt

Please, I say
please don't stop!
I've got to know:
does the boy
find his Pop?
Will the weather hold?
What about
the buried gold?
I used to complain
about the train's
endless huff-puff-chuff,
but when Grandma reads,
the ride is never
long enough.
- Irene Latham

Be sure to visit Christie at Wondering and Wandering for the latest line in our Progressive Poem!


  1. How lucky we are to have art in our lives that makes us happy. We share a love for several paintings, Irene. Mary Cassatt's work is at the top of my list. Oh how I wish I could join in to hear what Grandma has to share! Have a beautiful Sunday! xx -- Christie @

  2. Love this, Irene. My granddaughter and I read during breakfast together. She's just a toddler, but each morning that I put her in her booster chair, she starts requesting, "Books! Books!" Her love for books and the time we spend together enjoying them makes me "happy" :)

  3. I do love Mary Cassatt's work, but this one is new to me. Of course, I love it, and your poem, Irene, touches my heart. Each week, there is that mantra, "just one more". Happy Sunday!

  4. Lovely painting (new to me). I was thinking that with Artspeak this month, the ride won't be long enough. Enjoying each and every day!

  5. Ah yes, so close to home with me as Grandma. Neither of mine ever read to me but I have other treasured memories. Another winning poem, Irene.
    Janet Clare F.

  6. Reading to my grand boys puts me in a happy place. Love your poem that shows it's a happy place for this listener on a train ride that's never long enough. Beautiful painting. lovely poem!


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