THE ROSE BOWER (Painted by Sir Edward Burne-Jones)

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 23rd July 2006, 00:00

Aurora lies asleep, amid
such colours few men could conceive
or even hope to see this side
of paradise – somnolent in
a world unreal – an artist’s land
of dreams.
By Morpheus, son of Hypnos, held
reprieved, she waits until a prince
the evil one’s dire spell shall break
when she awakens to a chaste
and tender kiss.
While, meantime, we at canvas gaze,
at pigment skilfully applied,
unsated, longing, spellbound too.
Thus fantasied we may frequent
a world we know full well to be
too magic and idyllic to exist –
a thought to cleanse our dross-filled minds,
and take them far beyond the stars.

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.
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