The Early Lovers, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Johnson- The Early Lovers

The Early Lovers, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Water runs clear as your crystal blue eyes,
But is cold as the stare you send to me.
Please let it be but a shallow disguise,
For closer to you I would love to be.

Capturing the water is hefty chore.
Let me spare you from this laboring task.
A pleasure it’d be for one I adore,
To be able to in your beauty bask.

I shall come to you in need day or night,
To ensure that your life be filled with good.
My reward is to have you in my sight,
Better yet to give my heart if you would.

This hungry heart does your answer await.
If the response be right shall seal our fate.

It is estimated that Eastman Johnston painted The Early Lovers in 1870.  The heavy earthy brown tones are the result of influence of the Dutch painters he studied while in Europe.  Although Johnson was a prolific painter not much is known about him.   He was however, a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City,

What drew my attention to this painting is the woman’s stance.  It appears to be quite confrontational especially noting the title of the painting.  Compare her stance to that of the male.  He appears to be quite relaxed.  It doesn’t look like she is buying what he is selling.  Based on my observations I wrote the poem with the male as the speaker and yes he is selling, selling himself as a great potential for being her mate.





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