Jules Rolfe and Sharon Deegan

Sharon Deegan
Love’s Return


The Amber Tree
Jules Rolfe

The Amber Tree stood on the yellow bricked road
Gold lochs bathing behind her summer leaves
Stoking the flame of her gingerbread heart
Her apples so glossy even the wicked would know
There was no fairer than thee and would melt
Into her barked embrace to taste the joy
In her tower-longed run in Maine’s apple groves

Even the wicked would sleep as a wrinkle
In her gracefully knobbed hips
Feeding the reflection of her fruit,
Falling to become poppies at her feet
Like iridescent crumbs in the deep, dark woods

100 years of happily-ever-after child smiles
Lulled to goodness with rustled giggles
As the wind blows through her branches
Preserved as jams , worms, and butters seeking
The kiss of prince masquerading as a toad

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  1. Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:56 am | #

    I guess this be the first time Gustav Klimt has inspired Sleeping Beauty – but maybe it should have happened before. Well done!

  2. Posted June 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | #

    It is uncanny to me how Julia captured the heart from which this painting sprung. In the response piece to Tora Epson’s beautiful painting I wrote about ‘his’ returning from’ self-imposed exile’.
    This painting was painted originally, in anticipation of his return.

    THank you Julia.

  3. Posted June 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm | #

    Thanks, Sharon. I had excellent muses!