He gazed and gazed and gazed and gazed,
Amazed, amazed, amazed, amazed.
(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.