Sonnet on Giorgione’s ‘Tempest’ by Bruce Dale Wise The Society June 24, 2013 Art, Poetry Near a brief flash of lightning sits a bird, a white one on a gray and sloping roof, and rests against big blue clouds, like a surd, almost absurd, incapable of proof; and down below some city buildings gleam; green trees and shrubs stand in between; a lone bridge crosses over a slow-moving stream. All that is enigmatic and unknown. A lone pole leans against the man at left. At right a nearly naked woman gives a baby suck. By space the two are cleft. There is a haunting quality that lives. If ever on this painting your eyes rest, you will not soon forget Giorgione’s Tempest. Featured image of Giorgione’s Tempest courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.