Banks of the Oise at Auvers, oil on canvas, 1863 Painted by Charles-Francois Daubigny, French, 1817-1878 Depicts Auvers-sur-Oise, Ile-de-France, France, Europe Currently on display at the St. Louis Art Museum Available at the following link: https://www.slam.org/collections/objects/49181/
Banks of the Oise at Auvers Trees and water—the world— Never looking to the sky but daring to touch it. Longing—the breath of clouds concealing sunlight-- Pulses through the pastoral air.
Man and woman—despised— Rest in red and gray, money slipping through their Ragged hands of joy. Breathless, they Count their seconds of tranquility.
Lilies rest above the fishermen’s catch, Casting shadows over their afternoon amusement. Men: they search for something they cannot find.
Thin—like an emaciated skeleton— A beacon stretches up to God, stripped of Foliage like a beaten traveler bleeding on the road.
White innocence—the color of a gallant stallion-- Emerges like a pinprick from beside the mountains. He is pursued by those watching his beauty As he ebbs away into demise. And they all continue to look for the skies, But find gray instead of blue in their eyes.
Kate Wexell is a sixteen-year-old writer and poet from the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.