Childe Hassam, April: (The Green Gown), 1920


Ode To Moss

Green and burgeoning, I leaned
toward the lichens and moss
against the cascade of leaves.
Crow nowhere in sight. My belly
full of butterflies. Ripples
clutching like a newborn.

When my boy was still sucking
a pacifier, I was writing
a paper and preggers and did
not imagine the pleasure it
would give, juggling like this;
all growth, stoney moss.


Prompt: Art scholars believed that Childe Hassam, an American Impressionist painter,  intended this painting as a portrayal of his mother, Rosa Hathorne Hassam, during her pregnancy. She would have been in her third month of pregnancy with her artist son born on October 17, 1859. Hassam had moved to France to study figure drawing and painting at the prestigous Academie Julian and was inspired by French Impressionist paintings he saw at exhibitions. He had taken over Renoir’s studio and found some oil sketches left behind and “looked at these experiments in pure color and saw it was what I was trying to do myself.” In the 1890s, his technique evolved toward Impressionism.



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