mary douglas

To The Apple Green, Peach Blossomed Skies! Cried Buffalo Bill, Riding Onward - Poem by mary douglas

on the Western paintings of the Sonoma County California artist, Mr. Perry Cordill

and to the poet, Vachel Lindsey

'The flower-fed buffaloes of the spring
In the days of long ago.'
Vachel Lindsey, The Flower Fed Buffaloes

it's the code of the West parried against the
apple green skies; in after mirage, the surprise of
pink edging the profile of the rough explorers.
it's tangerine haloes falling aslant of their mythical naysayers. these wranglers, cow-herders, outlaws of
a mystical surmise:

trail-blazing, fresh hued and no rope-trick-
peeling the bark of the scratch art colours
like a stick from the Tree of Paradise

just as if, in a Heavenly gallery they are hung
while God intensified
old movie poster sunsets behind them
or opened an orchid portal on the world as
the artist, the poet, clip-clopped by to register
these incongruities.

standing stock still amid tall grasses
burr ridden, wearied with visions
after hard riding, painting silk on silk their colours-
huckleberried pie pleine aire-
and in the cyclone's eye:

they will astonish small animals;
the snuffling buffalo at the rainbow fed streams
who will never be the same, once, seen in this light-

they are cast in an Eternal Spring
by more than the virtue of the paint dried
on the meadowlark canvases:

vivid, the angels of freedom
have lassoed the dark steers

mary angela douglas 8 june 2014; rev.9 june 2014

Topic(s) of this poem: Art

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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