Lady Gertrude

 Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 308

Ekphrastic Prompt

"This week, using the painting as your inspiration, please write either a syllabic poetry form or a freestyle poem, including a syllabic form (both poetry forms on the same post)."

Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932) by John Singer Sargent, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

I've written a sequence of three American Sentences.

I fear I am not well, nor have been in years, I languish, I grow weak.

I pose in a chair of floral chintz, in a gown of lilac chiffon.

It may be worth it in the end, this portrait will add to my prestige.

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  1. I can see her thinking those thoughts while she sat there, Lisa! Well done!

    Yvette M Calleiro :-)

  2. Good take, Lisa. It makes sense that she was "forced" to pose to add prestige to the husband. That sounds about right!

    1. Thank you. I did read up on her, so learned a bit about her life.

  3. Very nice! At the end there is a little hint of "after I am gone."

    1. Yes, imagine how surprised she'd be to know we are still talking about her!

  4. I detect a hint of melancholy, where she has become resigned to her fate :( Very well written series of America Sentences.


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