The Trysting Place, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Homer -The Trysting Place

The Trysting Place, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz

Why must thee make my impatient heart wait?
The chill in the air adds to a longing.
But so late, soon necessary to bate,
It is thy paramour thou art wronging.

Before ‘twas I who was forever late,
Yet reminded made love more engaging.
Once we parted thy burning heart was sate.
Will lengthy waits make thee more enticing?

Tumecent am I awaiting thy touch.
Agony by thy delay is cruel.
Be here now so thy body I may clutch.
If thou loveth do not my heart befool.

Love is cruel to a heart so tender,
Thy solemn oath of heart must thee render.


Winslow Homer finished this work in 1875.  This is a year after the marriage of Helena de Kay who Homer had more than an affection for.  He did not make public comments of  his relationship with her.  But I wonder if this painting has something to do with that relationship.  Was it a matter of Helena was looking for a commitment from Winslow which he did not make for he never married.

The painting is not simply a woman standing idly.  The look on her face is pensive.  She is looking for something to happen.  The fan in its open position signifies love.  The title tells us that she is in a place where she would rendezvous with her lover.  But where is he?  She is nervous about her situation.  This is evidenced by her hand toying with the string on her fan.  This is all speculation of course but there is more evidence in another painting of Homer’s.  Poem on that painting to follow soon.

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