Still from The Agony and the Ecstasy‘The Agony and The Ecstasy’ by Gail Kaye Naegele The Society February 7, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 18 Comments . The Agony and The Ecstasy I beg among the lonely hours__oblivious to time and spaceand pace beneath the Sistine towers__where pigments paint my puzzled face.Why call me to divine commission,as if I am the King’s magician,to turn blank skies to holy vision;__oblivious to time and space? I flee to hills of alabaster,__where ancient gods sleep in soft stone;there gaze at dawn from fields of aster,__in sunlit clouds, behold a throne!Benign, God glows in grace and glory,his finger tracing allegory,on clear blue skies creation’s story__His vision of the towers shone. With passion’s pulse I paint the towers__as form and color mold blank sky;a tempest tethered endless hours__to paint the vision or to die.Though my flesh and bones are aching,for beauty’s cause the world forsaking,for splendor by His love creating__and as I paint I sing and cry. . . Gail Kaye Naegele has worked as a nurse and has poetry published in The Poetry Collective. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 18 Responses jd February 7, 2022 Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Reply Gail Naegele February 7, 2022 Thank you very much jd, I appreciate your comment. Reply Paul Freeman February 7, 2022 A unique topic. Memorable and well-written. Thanks for the read, Gail. Reply Gail Naegele February 7, 2022 Thank you for your kind comment Paul. Reply Tonia Kalouria February 7, 2022 The artist’s perspective. Beautiful! Reply Gail Naegele February 7, 2022 Thank you Tonia, artists indeed have unique perspectives. Reply Margaret Coats February 7, 2022 Your vision of sublime strain is expressed in well chosen words that are shaped in a well crafted structure. And it reads without a hitch in the form’s rhyme and rhythm. Reply Gail Naegele February 7, 2022 Thank you very much for your kind and poignant comments Margaret. I thank Swinburne for the form. Reply C.B. Anderson February 7, 2022 What a well-ordered concatenation of sparkling images! Reply Gail Naegele February 7, 2022 It’s a pleasure that you found the imagery “sparkling”. Thank you for commenting C.B. Reply Cynthia Erlandson February 7, 2022 I agree with the above comments; this is just beautiful. Your meter, rhyme scheme, and alliteration work together with the imagery to express the amazing act of painting the Sistine ceiling. Reply Gail Naegele February 8, 2022 Thank you very much Cynthia. And the Sistene chapel, that piece of beautiful architectural and visual art still stands today as an added monument to classic art. Reply David Watt February 8, 2022 This piece flows beautifully, and incorporates both the painter’s devotion to his art, and scenic detail. Well done! Reply Gail Naegele February 8, 2022 Thank you very much David, I am sincerely appreciative of your kind comments. Reply D.G. Rowe February 8, 2022 We have here a superb use of form. I do wonder to my self, whilst admiring the structure, if the Poetess was influenced in the use of this form by her reading of A.C. Swinburne, or perhaps more pertinently Christina Rossetti. The choice of diction that is held together so terrific by the form has an elegant Rossettian air. Cheers. Reply Gail Naegele February 8, 2022 Bless you, it’s Swinburne’s inspiration, and a labor of love. Thank you D.G Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant February 8, 2022 Gail, I love this poem. Not only have you used Swinburne’s form to wonderful effect your carefully chosen words flow melodiously and beautifully, all serving to create some magnificent images. This lovely poem is a pleasure to read. Reply Gail Naegele February 8, 2022 Hello Susan: I am new to the site, and getting a bit lost, but it seems I can’t comment again, and don’t know another place to find you. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.