Much More Than Boats

Maurice De Vlaminck The Boats

Artist at his easel,

one of the pack of wild beasts

who dared to paint

dramatic elemental attitudes,

contrast and movement,

the rudimentary  animated


Brush strokes daubed and smeared

in quick, deft strokes

allowing light to bleed

across the landscape


Boating vistas,

spilt luminous,


smears of red and yellow


Palette gamut subdued

and overt,

stillness and energy


in the flourish

of brusque strokes

The beast’s exuberance


A sudden red roof

of a riverside cottage,

dominant white sails,

water shimmering


Fresh air,

breeze drifting the boats ,

clouds waft, trees sway,

colour filled lustre,


a waltz on water


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