Heather

Based on ‘In the Grass’ by Arthur Hughes.

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Heather

Sing to me of scarlet skies and I will paint you a valley,

sealing your sigh in my wind.

One, where on topaz mornings,

I might look out onto restless waves

and see in their rise,

a reason why my heart skips stones.

Or on evenings

when she speaks of thrones,

no rose can compare to a queen of floral reign

when the knights they hail

pause to kiss the hands for which they live and die.

Oh then,

might you and I

brand our blush with the hue we call our passion,

and fashion a love that reminds us of our roots.

-Amy Struthers

Diary Entry 19:

Based on La Rêverie by Renoir.

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Jeanne

Who would believe that dew drops could birth dimples
or that the hope of spring
could stir the lily that is
my daughter?
The water
to a forget-me-not field,
reaching towards the sun, with the gleam of its warmth in her eyes.
My surprise,
when in seasons I carried her smile-
her rose-kissed cheeks and leafing limbs,
bearing a name
that means ‘God is gracious’
and kissed my head with the favor of a love I learned.
Before Jeanne, I burned
in the garden where now, I raise rosalias.

-Amy Struthers