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Hello, dVerse Poets! It’s Merril writing from southern New Jersey. In my part of the world, we’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving. The cold, blustery wind has knocked most of the remaining leaves from the trees, though a few stragglers hang on. John Clare described the landscape and sleepy sun well:

“The landscape sleeps in mist from morn till noon;
And, if the sun looks through, ’tis with a face
Beamless and pale and round, as if the moon,
When done the journey of her nightly race,
Had found him sleeping, and supplied his place.”
–From John Clare, “The Shepherd’s Calendar: November

I realize many of you live in areas where it does not look like this, but you don’t have to have experienced the world of a painting to write about it. I’ve chosen four paintings—each depicts November in a different way. The final one does not have November in its title, but chrysanthemums are the November birth flower, and they are also popular autumn flowers. I hope one of these paintings will appeal to you, no matter where you live.

So easy-peasy prompt: choose one of the paintings below and write a poem in any style or form. You can describe what you think is happening, or you can write about a feeling it evokes.

John Atkinson Grimshaw, A November Morning (1883)
H.A. Brendekilde, Første November  (1884)
Edward William Cooke, Venice, A November Evening in the Lagoon (1859)
Child Dancing With Chrysanthemum Branch

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