WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE : FIND A ‘MUSE’ IN THE MASTERS
In today’s writing challenge, you’ll choose a scenario (or invent your own) and write a poem, a short story, a vignette, a scene, or flash fiction based on Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
FOR THE UNINITIATED :
Nighthawks is a 1942 oil on canvas painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people in a downtown diner late at night.
It is Hopper’s most famous work and is one of the most recognizable paintings in American art.
I have chosen to write a poetry based on the following scenario :
The love triangle: The woman in red is dating the man she’s seated next to, but she’s secretly in love with the man with his back to us. Tell us a story from her perspective
THE ‘ALCHEMY’ OF TRUE LOVE
My red dress shimmers in the moonlight ;
Exuding passion and ‘lost’ romance ,
He holds my hand and , asks me for a dance
But my eyes are numb, transfixed , to my far right…
He is sitting there , as still as a stone ,
His , stolid face, staring into the depths of the chalice ,
A drop of tear , glistens from the corner of his eyes
My heart goes out to him , I can hear it moan…
I rise up , my dress , ruffling in vain ,
Like like a wind-up toy , at the hands of its master ;
I dance , with a sense of impending disaster…
till… I can no longer bear the burden of this pain…
My face now moist with the tears flowing down
I look over his shoulder , to the face of my man ,
His eyes meet mine , for a very brief span ;
And then he pulled away , his face in a frown…
The moment of ‘Alchemy’ ,was soon to appear..
I realized , the ‘magic wand’ ,was in my own hands
And not.. in any far away, fairy lands…
I choose my destiny , I choose without fear…I choose to be with you , oh my dear………
And so I hastened , to be by his side
He looked up at me , his face elated….
I had chosen my ‘True love’ , albeit , belated !
and now , he bent low , to kiss his ‘Bride’ ………..