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Lynn Roberts is an artist and art historian. Her poetry has been published in Outposts, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, GRIST, The Shit Creek Review, The Tablet, Pulsar, Red Poets and Agenda. She won the 2009 Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection, and has won and been placed in numbers of other competitions; in 2011 she published Rosa Mundi, a sequence of poems, and Pandora’s Book, a collection of light verse.
Le Douanier Rousseau: Surprised!
National Gallery, London
He leaves the Customs House; he’s neat
from bowler hat to spatted feet;
he leaves the world of desks and clocks,
he takes his stool and painting box.
The northern sun’s a gilded kite,
the Seine a scarf of sequinned light;
he nods but does not stop or speak
until the Jardins Botaniques,
where – in the warm and muggy calm –
he sets his easel by a palm,
places his hat upon a chair,
gently exhales the city air.
Then worm by worm the colour flows
onto the palette, and he throws
with pure contentment, undenied,
the window of the canvas wide ...
where flâneurs lounge their time away
now lions and tigers are at play,
while naked houris drape the grass
as nurses and their charges pass;
and when the skies are overcast
he paints the tropic lightning’s blast.
Over the pearl-grey dignity
about the Ile-de-la-Cité
bright green lianas twist and climb,
hibiscus jewels the pavements’ grime;
la plus haute bourgeoisie de France
stands still to watch the tigers dance.
©2012 Lynn Roberts
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