Thursday, April 25, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "Wish I May, Wish I Might' 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
"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
Today's piece is "Starry Night Over the Rhone" by Vincent van Gogh.

Wish I May, Wish I Might
-after "Starry Night over the Rhone" by Vincent van Gogh

Be bewitched
meet delight –

stroll along
inkspill waters

to witness streetlights
kissing the river –

they are fishing
for wishes.

- Irene Latham

Be sure to visit Jan at bookseedstudio for the latest line in our Progressive Poem.


  1. I've missed a few, but happy to read this one, to imagine those 'streetlights/kissing the river'.

  2. "streetlights kissing the river" is my favorite part along with "inkspill waters." Gorgeous!

  3. "Kissing the for wishes." This may be one of my favorite pairings for the month. Love the painting and the poem! I was not familiar with this painting, but I love it!


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