quick heat, quick art

Paul GauguinThe Meal (The Bananas). 1891. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.

quick heat, quick art

still life, fabrics, figurines
troubled mother, on her knees

bananas, bright, vermillion tones
calabash jug must be on loan

pointing knife, on folds of white
shadows deep and guava bright

scene contrived, a meal that’s fake
too much fruit, a belly ache

splashes, angles, a row of kids
looking for the missing figs?

worries? puzzled? anxious? stressed?
bowl renewed, fluids refreshed

begin, adopt – independent line
impressionistic color time


Written for:

Magpie Tales – Mag 116

Also written for:

#319 – In the beginning…

Photo Credit:  Zazzle

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on May 13, 2012, in Magpie Tales, Poetry, Sunday Scribblings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Wonderful..really took me into the picture..like a stream of thought..and worry..Jae

  2. The rhythm flows into an enjoyable read. Love this one!

  3. I agree with Jaerose37…you sent me back to the painting to really look at it and see that,
    like others, I often don’t look close enough to really see the essence of a painting, real or not real. Thanks for creating that awareness.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  4. They say that Gauguins’s style of painting was supposed to convey the feelings of the subject…your interpretation is spot on!!

  5. Very nice write.

  6. I see that you read the painting’s backgrounder…nice capture of the fake scene and meal as presented by the painter ~


  7. Captured every inch of the painting I will say, except may a small spot in the corner, you might have missed that..lol…great verse.

  8. You really delved into this and, it shows. Flowed really well and told a story too. Nice one Bat-Ami.

  9. “scene contrived, a meal that’s fake too much fruit” … What an insightful thought.

    Now I want figs.

  10. it does feel rather fake you know…and yeah that much fruit would def give you a tummy ache…ha, nice rhyme scheme in this…

  11. Fruits galore can be ideal against the flabby girth in modern times. The kids looked glum though. Your verse is hilarious Tammy!


  12. Your images are bold, and your writing leaves a solid picture….clearly they should find the figs! Great writing!

  13. that is very intense and deep… wonderful… 🙂

  14. Gauguin certainly knew his own mind when it came to colours…

  15. Something Witchy this way comes ! .

  16. this poem is marvelously creative zongrick – WoW. with its own
    rocking beat.

  17. Nothing escaped you..I’ll follow you anywhere!!

  18. I love the rhyming scheme and the questions posed. Besides being a creative poem you have posed a critical view of the art rendered here. Impressive work, Zongrik. =D

  19. Tammy, I love Gaugin… and all the ways you dissected this painting with the practical aspects of the scene is brilliant. Did you start with the woman’s somewhat puzzled face? Excellent! Peace, Amy

  20. So very well captured with terrific flow and insight.

  21. I really enjoyed the rhythm and rhyme of your poem … great job.

  22. This take really appeals. It grabbed me from the first.

  23. Very cute! They do have a very disgruntled look.

  24. I did not notice the mother until I read this, and even missed her while reading Helen’s contribution. But maybe that is the key to understanding the image of three young people and why the kava bowl is so prominent. But all that aside, the poem flowed and captured the impressionist feeling well.

  25. Love it! “Too much fruit, a belly ache” was my favourite line amongst many.

  26. Fun rhyme pattern here…nice!

  27. Love the rhythm here!


  28. oh the painting got its meaning fully..you made it more vivid….

  29. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

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