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.