a sous bois

Undergrowth with two figures, 1890

The window frames a wood in spring.
Betwixt rows of sentinel tulip trees
An equally vertical couple stands
Side by side, hand in hand,
Amidst daffodilled undergrowth.

I keep my distance with arms crossed
To shield a harrowed heart and ponder:
Were these two figures casually caught
Between the purpled trunks,
Two tares among the wheat;
Or caged behind pale prison posts,
Seeking a silent escape?

Copyright 2012 © Brian T. Maurer

2 comments on “a sous bois

  1. Eve Redwater says:

    Wonderful – I like the contrasting imagery of being trapped and free. This is one of my favourite paintings! 🙂

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