Ophelia, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Ophelia, how I need thee, sit by me,
with thy basket of rue to mend a heart,
devoid of any love, beyond lonely,
filled with despair, this world soon to depart.

Beauteous Ophelia, true to thy name,
I trust what remains of my life to thee.
Place rue on us to set our hearts aflame,
And our souls so joined shall forever be.

Ophelia, water surrounds thy beauty
So pure. Why was it so that thou had lied,
And destroyed our love for sake of duty,
While my faith in true love forever belied.

Without Ophelia, peace we shall nev’r see
And my wounded heart shall never be free.


John Everett Millais is the artist of the above painting titled Ophelia. In my poem Ophelia does double duty. The name Ophelia is taken from the Greek which means hope.   The speaker is asking hope to come and sit with him and help him, for he has love problems.  In the first line of the second stanza you get that clue “true to thy name.” But now he is addressing a women named Ophelia who he has just met.  If you read Shakespeare’s Hamlet you may see where this is going.  Ophelia lied to Hamlet and went crazy and ended up dying.  But I end the poem with a different personal twist. There is a rose, Peace. The most popular rose in the 20th century.  In 2001 I wrote an article for the American Rose magazine entitled Without Ophelia There Would be No Peace.  Ophelia was a Tea Rose and important component in the hybridizing of the Peace Rose. So if Ophelia was there Peace would not have ever been possible.  Getting back to the substance.  Love is built on faith and honesty.




Adieu, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Maiden voyage for his young son today,
Helping papa, net a bounty of fish,
From their fair patron the Bay of Biscay,
But the day would not end as they would wish.

The Concarneau on its side, is useless
As refuge being miles from the jetty.
Wicked winds and wild waves are merciless,
Breathing havoc on all without pity.

Papa held him so tight, tight as he could,
Breathing into him again and again.
He felt his stillness as if he were wood,
and with his grieving pain chose to remain.

On this day my child we’ll together be
never parted for an eternity.


My poem today reflects on a very special kind of love, the love for a child. I have been examining paintings of water and came across this one by Alfred Gaillou, a French artist from Concarneau which is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. In his “Adieu” it is my opinion that he demonstrates there are hardships in being a fisherman. He may also be taking on a bigger picture. The name of the boat is the name of his village. He could be expressing outrage that the village is in ruin and offers nothing to its youth. I write to the former and from a personal perspective. When my oldest son was 14 months old we got a call from the hospital to come and say our goodbyes for is time was short. I asked God to take me instead. God chose to pass on both of us.



Just Say It

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Just Say It, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Forbidding my love be cast upon thee
Is equal to refusing the sunrise.
Thee claim to be cherished by another
Feels to me to be a defensive guise.

Is it necessary for thee to hide,
Thine eyes that once glowing in loveliness,
Did capture me that thy wish I’d abide.
Your silence is a dagger my Venus.

The past cannot be relived nor undone.
If poor discretion of mine has harmed thee,
Tell so that such behavior I may shun,
Or to toss my body upon the scree.

Should my body lie waiting for the sea,
It will be final sign of love for thee.


I am back to using a painting by Ron Hicks.  My FB friend may remember this painting as I put it out as a good example of how Ron placed his subjects.  By placing them on two separate planes he automatically creates tension.  What really got my attention about this painting is Ron Hicks has so many great painting about love.  A subject that would lift any heart. But this one makes you think.  Whether it is a lost love or just a moment is a relationship that has gone sour.

For the reader who is not aware that I love the sonnet, especially the English sonnet because of the challenge.  I have 14 lines to offer an issue, present an argument and a summation. There is a rhyming and syllable limitation making it more complicated.  This poem was a challenge so I will offer some details of my thoughts.  Love is not a physical state, sex is.  I am not talking here about  what is sometime referred as physical love. It is my thinking that all to often much attention is given to the physical aspects of love and not what happens between the ears or in the heart.  But that what sells tabloids and magazines.  This man is in love with the girl but has done and said  some real stupid things in his life.  He feels that the woman loves him but is using another man as an excuse and won’t explain her hurt.  If you want to see a raunchy example of this watch The Ranch on Netflix.

Gratuitous Love


Gratuitous Love, Robert Sieczkiewicz

Dare I speak to you, of a special Love,
One where its roaring flame, shall never die,
Every thought of you, carried by a dove,
To make a new star, above in the sky,

Gratuitous love, so misunderstood,
Oft’ returned to giver, with such disdain,
Reject my personal love, if you could,
Then spiritual love, you too abstain.

If love is send to you, without request
for reward, accept with an open heart,
as such a person, may be heaven blest,
Giving good reason, not to be apart.

For you to accept love of mere mortal,
Readies you for the mighty immortal.


The creator of this painting may come as a surprise to you.  It did for me.  It is Salvador Dali, which he painted in 1950.  I have had a thought about gratuitous love in my mind for many weeks and finally decided to work it out in my mind.  Dali gave me part of the answer with this the painting.  The perspective is both human and divine, ephemeral and eternal.  Notice the lack of blood or nails.  Rather than seeing the rocks and dirt of Golgotha Dali paints a heavenly perspective.  In my poem I do the same by claiming that love goes beyond the confines of this earth.  I hope Gratuitous Love gives you something to ponder for awhile.

Memories in Tears


Memories in Tears, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
This cold winter day, I walked to the east,
The slowly sinking sun, is now behind.
Turned into a narrow lane shown worn least.
Looked at cold naked chestnut trees aligned.

Followed the frozen lane towards the back.
Drew closer to an agonizing sound.
Saw a frail old women clothed in dark black.
Her naked knees meeting the frozen ground.

Tears on her shivering chin, jumped to their death.
With hand extended, gave her a tissue.
Last tear refused to touch, the frozen earth.
Looked at headstone, understood the issue.

Just how many more years of painful tears,
Will be shed for love, of so many years.


This is Paul Cezanne’s Path of Chestnut Trees in Jas de Bouffan in the Winter.  I chose it not be cause it excited me but because it interested me.  Much like the Hopper painting that I showed awhile back.  It was Cezanne’s family home for some fifty years.  The painting itself is simple.  What is dominant in the picture?  The trees.  But why?  In my poem I use the word gangly which refers to tall thin people.  Speaking again of the poem, are these gangly chestnut trees pallbearers?  You decide.



The Wind

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The Wind, Robert A, Sieczkiewicz

Cannot see thee, but thee are surely here,
As thee can speak to me violently,
Yet not a word of thee enters my ear,
And still thy force guides me decidedly.

Thy power commands that the trees whistle
Songs, which touch people in varying ways,
Some songs so dire, a want of dismissal,
Others so gentle, people ask delays.

Thy power commands the water to take
Shape. Normally flat, it jumps at thy call.
The stronger thy call, the larger the wave.
If thy call be soft, the wave shall be small.

Wind, with all thy mighty power will thee,
Guide, the only love of my life to me.


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I chose this painting by Winslow Homer for one reason.  The broken mast.  It is not the water that is in control of this man’s life.  It may take it, but it is the power of the wind.  If the wind calms down and is favorable, meaning that it blows in the right direction, just maybe, the wind will blow him back to the one he loves.  And from a religious perspective the wind is God acting upon His people.  In one gospel Peter and other disciples are in a boat that is being tossed about and Jesus calms the sea.  Some times people do no like what their God does and other times they do, but in the end the continue to ask for favors.

Winslow is frequently noted for his painting of the sea but his range is much wider than that.  Having been a young boy once, it is possible one day I will tackle his “Boys in a Pasture.”  I can smell the hay on the small farm that I grew up on. On second thought the smell of the chicken manure remains stronger.


The Summer Rose


The Summer Rose, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

This joyous month of June and here thou art,
The most beautiful of those before me.
Chivalry is my approach from the start,
As before I’ve been taken to my knee.

Your beauty excels beyond all others,
Yet thorny can thy disposition be,
Forcing some to invoking their druthers.
That will not however be true of me.

Study thee have I from both near and far,
As well as history and pedigree,
To avoid a fearful motive to spar,
For my wish is to hold you breathlessly.

With two hands I caress thee ev’r softly,
Looking upward, dreaming of us warmly.

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The question of today’s poem is obvious, is the speaker talking about a rose or a woman? I’ll leave that up to you.  But to look at the young lady in the painting I’d think it would not be a rose.  The creator of this so gentle beauty is Frenchman Emile Vernon (1872-1919) who was born in Blois, France.  His birthplace in on the Loire River that run up to Orleans and on to Provins where roses were grown for their oils to make perfume.  This may be why he painted so many beautiful woman with roses.  The thought that entered my mind was why did Emile dedicate so much time to painting women in such fine detail?  And why didn’t he join the Impressionist movement?  I think the answer lies in his mentor, William Bouguereau, whose favorite theme was “Son thème de prédilection est la représentation du corps féminin.”  He painted women. There is little written about Emile Vernon.  No one has ever published his biography that I can find.  It could be that his short life of 47 years was just a simple life but for sure he left his footprint. The link below will provide you with additional views of Emile’s work.

Emile Vernon

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