The Music Lesson, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Vermeer_The Music Lesson

The Music Lesson, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Your soft fingers move over ivory.
With cello in hands I pluck at the strings.
Music is quite unsatisfactory,
Thinking of very pleasurable things.

Your delicate bouquet is mesmeric.
Is difficult for me to keep away.
Every thought about you is euphoric.
No endeavor can hold my heart at bay.

Your eyes of blue, deeper than the ocean,
Have become distract’d by activity.
Be assured was an intended motion,
To terminate our painful chastity.

Your love to be shackled until we wed?
Or love to be fulfilled within our bed?

Johannes Vermeer, worked on The Music Lesson for three years, finishing it in 1665.  I make the point that it took him three years to complete the work to stress what a perfectionist he was.  There are studies available on the Internet on the vanishing point in his painting.  If you enter Vermeer vanishing point you will get a wealth of information.  The key is the camera obscura.    In the case of The Music Lesson, the vanishing point is on the young ladies left elbow, meaning the center of the lens in the camera obscura was aligned with her elbow.

Many of Vermeer’s painting are filled with symbolism.  Such is the case in The Music Lesson.  They enabled me to write the poem.  First the white pitcher.  It tells the viewer that the young lady is a virgin.  Second.  The violincello is a phallus symbol. Next to the vacant chair I assume that the gentleman standing next to the virginals (a form of a harpsichord) was sitting in.  Without looking at the mirror you would think that the young lady is looking at the keyboard.  She isn’t, she is looking at the gentleman.  So it appears we have an amorous relationship present.





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