A Note to Turner After Seeing The Turner Exhibition
I tried to avoid the darkness. Even the moon over the Thames was too gloomy for me. You did shine a light over Rome and in the gloaming reflected in the ocean but I longed for a brush dipped in lemon or sage a splatter of carmine, a splinter of pink. I have seen your paintbox: those vials of ochre, rust and blue; all those little twists of skin containing orange tints; hints of purple, lavender and lime. Did no one ever tell you it was time to use them?
Judy Dally has been a teacher, and published two books on the profession. She has also been a long-term board member for the SA Writers’ Centre, committee member and co-editor for the Friendly Street Poetry Group, and also seen 27 consecutive years of personal publication in the annual Friendly Street Reader. Her latest poetry book, “Asleep in the Teapot”, released in both print and e-book, can be found here.