Summer Night Dream

© Albert Bloch Summer Night 1913

Is it a monster over there
red and furry
eyes that stare and mouth
gaping, wide open.
Nothing is clear
just don’t go too near.

A crown lays in waste
upon cotton-wool roads
(maybe a toad-king lost it)

Mountains reach for
who knows where
sparklers of ice catch sun
or, are they moonbeams.

(if that is truly what they are)
seem lost also
pondering the scene

an oddly placed hand
hides sexuality
and yet
theirs is so ambiguous
as too, is this
summer nights dream.


© Daydreamertoo              *All rights reserved

*I read this about this painting and have to agree:

Summer Night is a purely poetic composition. Do not look at it as a picture; look at it as if it were, say, the drop curtain of a theatre, for then it would not seem at all strange, but on the contrary a very unusual and very beautiful curtain”

So, taking the pic for what it is, and the title being a bit like Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream I also went with the dream theme.

Shared with Magpie Tales#133 Art of Albert Bloch

Poets United Pantry #113

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

29 thoughts on “Summer Night Dream”

  1. Mountains reach for
    who knows where
    sparklers of ice catch sun
    or, are they moonbeams.
    I loved these lines…… captured the pic so nicely…..beautiful….

  2. I love the soft, gentle flow of your dream sequence, from one characterization to another, Bren. The rhythm so emulates the flow of the painting. You’ve captured that beautifully! Thank you for sharing this. =D

  3. Oh Gosh, sounds like your poet toad ate a horrific meal before his bedtime. I really felt that, wonderful!
    It reminded me of the two terrible weeks the my BIL was conscious after two weeks of coma after he crashed his plane. He would talk about his dreams while he was having them. Oh yes, he survived.

  4. You’re right – dreams has this intensity which makes so much sense in the midst of them and then is so ambiguous. Well described. k.

  5. To me the figures seem focused similarly–either all drawn to something or all repelled by it, so I like the monster, the curiosity, and the confusion of both the characters and the narrator! Eerie cool!

  6. i love how everyone sees different things in the weekly prompts, def this one was very open to interpretation..liked yours..scary monsters and all…x

  7. It is surreal and interpretation is left to the writer ` I didn’t see the monsters nor the roads….I saw food and drinks ..ha.ha.. Happy long weekend ~

  8. Yeah I think it is a scary red monster…I love the way you pick up on so many of the details in the painting…well done…I really enjoyed this…

  9. Magical and surreal, fantastical and invigorating. I loved this! Especially the image and question…
    “sparklers of ice catch sun
    or, are they moonbeams.”

  10. Alas, the picture is creepy, I think; but I enjoyed your interpretation, which gave me a few chills as well. (Tee hee)

  11. A crown lays in waste
    upon cotton-wool roads….nice touch ….it is a rather surreal pic…esp when paried with the title…and you capture that in your words….ha def a poetic painting…smiles…..dont go too near indeed…smiles.

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