Two Young Peasant Women, a poem by Robert A. Sieczkiewicz


Two Young Peasant Women, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Free as can be so why would I escape?
Just look about do you see any walls
That may hinder the view of the landscape
Or limit travel to internal halls?

Inhale at will and get your fill of air.
Air spotlessly clean yet ever changing
Its bouquet as defined by the wind’s flair.
Live healthy with nature’s prearranging.

Caring for the land it will care for me.
Simple symbiotic relationship
That requires response to a special plea.
Treat this land as were part of a courtship.

Industrialization will soon come,
And all the land contracts considered dumb.
The painter of this pleasant piece of art is Camille Pissarro, completed in 1892 in a period when his eyes were failing him. He had joined the neo-impressionist started by Georges Seurat. You may not be familiar with the name but his painting   which you can see here  you probably are.

This is a very political painting but without knowledge of the times the two women could be talking about also anything. It appears the woman on the left is not contented while the one on the hanging on to the handle appears to be challenging her position. For the little I know about Pissarro I think he was only a lukewarm supporter of the neo-impressionist movement for he soon went back to his former style of painting and I got that sense in this painting.

Look at the appearance of the women on the left. Just the absence of head cover makes her look more like a factory worker than a farmer. While the one on the right surely looks more like a woman tending the crops. The speaker is the woman on the right.





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