Monday, July 11, 2011

Magpie 73



People of Chilmark ~ Thomas Hart Benton, 1920

The Dance

With averted eyes
Their movement is a narrative
Though hard to decipher

They look like dancers
Rhythmic, melodic
Nine round bodies undulating
One around the other

This spectator is left to ponder 
What is this strange game they play







23 comments:

  1. ha and that is often reality...i am such a voyeur...

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  2. Yes, the graceful hand motions do make it seem that they are in a hypnotic dance. Very nice take on the prompt...

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  3. Strange game, indeed, being played out in the mind of the artist?

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  4. It really is a fascinating picture - it almost made me think of some sort of ancient olympic games or something.

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  5. this is a perfect take on the image- such a game or dance!

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  6. Yes you did express the impresion it was all for show, but I guess that is what one expects at Martha's Vineyard!

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  7. As long as they keep the beat..lovely place to stage a dance!

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  8. I played a season of inner-tube water polo in college. This looks similar, but I think a sailboat would make it rather awkward. A strange game, indeed!

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  9. Beautiful. I love the roundness of their bodies.

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  10. It certainly makes you wonder what they are up to. Good poem!

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  11. Helen: Indeed "what strange game they play". Great observation of this painting made more art through your poetry.

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  12. Strange, indeed! Maybe I'll not guess!

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  13. Yes, it does look like a dance! Movement, rhythmic, melodic, undulating... dancing is a game!

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  14. yes indeed a strange and wonderful dance--excellent-c

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  15. You really can't put a handle on this painting, can you? Nice Magpie.

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  16. With eyes averted... YES! That is what is so strange about his painting. I should have picked up on that. Fantastic observation.

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