Haiku of Ekphrasis by Alan Summers / Area 17

Claude Monet
French, Giverny, 1891

Monet’s pain–
the shadows of haybales
lengthening the sunset

Alan Summers
Area 17

    • snowbirdpress
    • April 19th, 2012

    Donna, Thanks for presenting Alan’s haiku with the image of the painting. I always feel things so much deeper through sight… and so his haiku means something different to me seeing the painting. I don’t have the words… just images keenly felt. Many thanks.

    • You’re welcome, Merrill. Since it is a haiku of ekphrasis I couldn’t imagine not posting the image that evinced the poem. Both are quite a pairing.

  1. Beautiful haiku and painting. I love seeing the haybales here in Wisconsin. Always appreciate Merrill’s insights as well.


    • Hello, Ellen.

      Merrill’s thoughts and ideas always enlarge the view. How about you? Have you written any poems on the Wisconsin haybales?

      • Good morning, Donna

        I’ve written a lot about our area, but can’t recall a poem about the haybales. However, a poem by Jane Kenyon occurs to me, where she mentions haybales. Perhaps I can find it for you! Thank you, Ellen

      • Hello, Ellen. Thanks for the offer. Time better spent writing your own poem? even if not about haybales?

    • snowbirdpress
    • April 20th, 2012

    Well these haybales seem to be undergoing an early snow…would the autumn work be in vain if the hay rots? Exquisite lighting transfixing the gaze as the snow’s new whiteness changes the light. Is there a mystical feeling to ending a season even so abruptly? Monet’s pain indeed…

    • A commingling of death and life, light and shadow; painting and poem braided together, mystical, yes, I feel that, Merrill.

  2. Hi Donna, Thanks for your encouragement. I have Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems and read cover-to-cover.

    And I pulled her book off the shelf, and happened to open it to the poem that came to mind! “Evening at a Country Inn.” Her last line refers to “the beautiful sane and solid bales of hay.”

    Best wishes, Ellen

    • snowbirdpress
    • April 21st, 2012

    Ellen, perhaps you can shed some light on whether or not an early snow might damage the hay after it’s baled? Or if the rain/snow/moisture only affects the hay if it’s being harvested before it’s baled. Knowing that piece of information would shed some light as to what Monet was trying to say in the painting.
    It’s a wonderful painting…

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