Paintings of Poets and Magic Couplets

BRAVE POET JACK KEROUAC

In a jammed New Haven room, Jack Kerouac unshaven and breezy,
Mount Tamalpais, wakens and screams, Satori!

EMILY DICKINSON, INVENTOR OF MAGIC  (1830-1886)

Dazzling Emily Dickinson
Contrives her poems with Moon born of elation and Sun.

JOHN LENNON, TRAPEZE ARTIST OF WORDS (1940-1980)

DANTE ALIGHIERI IN LOVE (1265-1321) 

 Dante takes 100 cantos to declare his romance.
Exiled in Heaven’s circles, Beatrice gains one shoddy glance.

T.S. ELIOT (1888-1965)

Even high Priest Eliot in Love (+ hatred in his racial pee)
Knows when Death Ship anchors near, it’s good to flee.

Three Translations from Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire: Invitation to the Voyage

………….My child, my, sister, dream
………….How sweet things would seem
To go and live together somewhere,
………….To loaf at ease,
………….To die as you please
In a country resembling you!
………….Suns damp like a brew
………….Of nebulous skies
For my spirit now with charm
………….So mysterious
………….From your treacherous eyes
Glistening through tears with no alarm.

There, all is merely order, beauty,
Wealth, calm and sensuality.

………….Some furniture that wears
………….A polish of the years
Would decorate our chamber
………….With flowers of rare bloom
………….Mingling their perfume
With vague whiffs of amber,
………….The plush ceilings glare,
………….The mirrors’ deep stare,
The oriental magnificence,
………….All these things call
………….Cryptically to the soul
Their sweet native speech.