A Different Perspective, the Happiness of
by Jeannie E. Roberts
—after Hylas and the Nymphs, a painting by John William Waterhouse (1896)*
As if sculpted from gypsum or talc
the specimens of physique
gather as seven
unite as one
the goddesses who govern over pure water
emerge amid aquatic herbs
surface between bundles of green
where auburn hair flows
holds the flowers of Nymphaeaceae.
fetches the quench for Argo’s crew
and enlivens your view.
Immersed in the clarity of freedom
black hair flows
where eight specimens of physique
unite as one
glide across a wellspring of grace
gladden within the mystique
of a naiad pond.
Lily pads glow in the romance of mythos.
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*Here is a link to
Wikipedia's "Hylas and the Nymphs:" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylas_and_the_Nymphs_(painting)
Jeannie E. Roberts lives in Wisconsin, where she writes, draws and paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings. She's authored five poetry collections and two illustrated children's books. Her newest collection, As If Labyrinth - Pandemic Inspired Poems, was released in April 2021 from Kelsay Books. She’s a teacher, an editor of an online literary magazine, and is listed in Poets & Writers. She’s an animal lover, a nature enthusiast, and an equal rights advocate.