IMAGE & POEM (SEPTEMBER 2009)

About Far From The Crowd

"Far From The Crowd", inspired by Marie-France's  pastel  painting, is a poem about seeking  private peace and refuge from a crowd of strangers. The speaker is a girl dressed in elegant chiffon who wanders into a field for momentary solitude.  She compares her stillness to a statue guarding a meadow;  yet confesses  that in her diaphanous garments,  she could almost permeate the atmosphere and  become  free as the twilight sky or a passing bird. Though she can attain this emotional osmosis through meditation, she  remains aware of her human limitations.  She is still rooted in  the earth and stays "figural",  a fully dimensional body that is affected by her surroundings. 

  Her face can feel the dandelion blossoms blowing in the breeze. They  haunt her and become representative of the gossiping whispers she heard at the garden party. Even though she is far from the crowd,  its presence still lingers drifting  past  sleeves, hemline and bonnet. She refuses, however, to be intimidated by its breath of voices and retains her composure. Her poise acts as a facial web, a catcher of rumors  that will not be allowed to slip under the skin and unravel her nerves. Thus,  the girl looks beautifully calm, turning  luminous as her pearl earrings dangle in the outdoor light.


© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.