Poems for Manet

I’ve been having a slight writer’s block lately and can’t seem to be inspired to write poetry.  I decided to try something different and pulled out my book on Impressionists, hoping it would inspire me somehow.  Looking at these beautiful paintings did trigger me to think, feel and sense various emotions.  These two haiku are based on my reactions to paintings by Edouard Manet.

The Railway

Behind railway bars,
the little aristocrat
dreams to be free.

The Railway by Edouard Manet
Edouard Manet. The Railway. 1872-1873. Oil on canvas.

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Plum Brandy

The ice cream’s melting,
wealthy youth stares at nothing,
life drip-drips away.

Plum Brandy
Edouard Manet. Plum Brandy. 1878. Oil on Canvas