Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Poems & Painters Series: William Carlos Williams & Brueghel

Hunters in the Snow

The over-all picture is winter
icy mountains
in the background the return 
from the hunt it is toward evening
from the left
sturdy hunters lead in 
their pack the inn-sign
hanging from a
broken hinge is a stag a crucifix 
between his antlers the cold
inn yard is
deserted but for a huge bonfire 
that flares wind-driven tended by
women who cluster
about it to the right beyond 
the hill is a pattern of skaters
Brueghel the painter
concerned with it all has chosen 
a winter-struck bush for his
foreground to
complete the picture  

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