Short Poem Saturday – Rhyme for a Child Viewing a Naked Venus in a Painting of “The Judgement of Paris” – Browning

He gazed and gazed and gazed and gazed,
Amazed, amazed, amazed, amazed.
Robert Browning
(1812 – 1889)

Robert Browning is better known for his longer narrative poetry, such as My Last Duchess and the children’s verse The Pied Piper of Hamelin – but he could also economize! At two lines and only four different words,  Rhyme for a Child…  is simultaneously light-hearted and profound, capturing, like a haiku, a single moment in time. It goes to show how poetry can come in all shapes, sizes, and sentiments.

You may recognize the palette and some of the background as coming from my painting of Allen Ginsberg as a young man in Berkeley, CA, (scroll down or click here to see it!) and you are absolutely correct: I am a firm believer in recycling, and this illustration board started out as a draft of that painting. It was fun to shape it into something completely different! Painting (acrylic on illustration board) and composition by me.


  1. Right ! – Where would art and poetry be without “borrowing” / quoting / recycling …

    And btw respectively on the other hand: Recycling words is quiet needless: The English language is richer in vocabulary than any other language – and at the same time the very language, which actively uses the lowest percentage of its potential…


    1. So true…we all stand on the shoulders of giants, so to speak, as we are inspired by the art and poetry that has come before us!

      In regards to words, carefully curated minimalism has its place, but it does seem that we are progressively losing words from the English language! I am sure that somebody must study this and know actual numbers, but the opinion at my work is that we are shedding many more rich and descriptive words than we are gaining. Here’s to fresh shiny words and recycled art!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sunshine! Exactly – plus, the reuse of canvas and paper for new compositions is a grand tradition. They are always X-raying famous paintings and finding older paintings and drawings underneath, so I am in good company! 🙂

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    1. I would love to! I must admit I have had an eye on several of your haikus for a while! Let me go off and experiment a little and I will be in touch by email with a draft!


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