Poems Inspired by Art

“Communication between cultures through the arts is a good thing, and it always works…I believe that in this mad world, the only thing that is sane are the arts.”

This quote by Frank Gehry was Seven Hills English teacher Linda Maupin’s inspiration for a partnership between her eighth grade students and the Taft.

Last Fall, armed with the directive to “explore the museum and be inspired”, Seven Hills School students visited the Taft for a docent-led tour and selected a piece of art that they would visit again with their families during the winter months.  After a year-long partnership, the students crafted poems based on the art they viewed at the Taft with assistance from Upper School’s writer-in-residence Dana Crum.

The poems reflect the students’ thoughtful viewing and creative thinking.  You can read the student’s work here.

Our Day
By Mary Grace Ramsay, Seven Hills Middle School

Jozef Israëls, Pick-a-Back, about 1872, oil on canvas. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phelps Taft, 1931.428

Jozef Israëls, Pick-a-Back, about 1872, oil on canvas. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phelps Taft, 1931.428

The sky was bright,
the water blue.
We played on the beach,
just me and you.

Up on your shoulders
everything looked grand-
a ship in the distance,
the sea playing with the sand.

Away from chasing waves
your feet would run.
You’d laugh and skip,
Loving life, having fun.

No matter the season,
no matter the day,
you and I, we’d meet up.
and oh how we’d play.

We’d dance in the waves
or hide high in a tree.
Oh the beauty of life then;
we were happy and free.

But now that we are old,
and I’ve drifted away,
memories fill my mind
of our beach, in our day.

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