Down from the hills the purple road flows
twisting and leaping like a girl who has a new twirl dress
down into the patchwork valley between fields
fearfully tiger-striped with new-plowed furrows
and the rows of sentinel trees standing at attention
with their red boles and green canopy that line the roadside
and hide the green hill’s feet
The road is dreaming it’s a river
the driver is dreaming she’s adrift
on a raft riding the cataracting rapids
into the blue and gold and green and violet land
where it rises up to meet the sky.
In 2016 we saw David Hockney’s Garrowby Hill a the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It was hanging near the elevators that go down to the Garden Cafeteria and we paused to look at it. Bella fell in love with the painting and bought a postcard, which is now hanging over her bed.
Recently someone else shared the painting on Facebook and I felt the thrill of recognizing an old friend. I also looked up David Hockey and read about his work and looked at more of his paintings. So this painting has also led to me making a new artist friend.
I’m not sure the poem is complete or says everything I have to say about the painting. But for now it’s done. Maybe I’ll come back to it someday…