“Portrait of a Couple”
John’s painting paired the couple in their prime
as Sargent’s Alice; ‘lily, lily fair’.
But still the public paw at some ideal:
La Belle Epoque the fawning people’s state.
Impressionism finds another place.
John’s portrait later shown beyond that date.
Paul’s expert artistry had early date
Monet, Manet, his friends in happy prime.
His father disapproved the artist’s place
and so Paul’s mind had pessimistic fare.
John Singer was to help the young man state
his portraiture; society’s ideal.
Thus man-to-man, a friendship formed, ideal.
They found each other at an early date.
John Singer, twenty-two; Paul’s teenage state.
His fear of hunger pawing at his prime,
John Sargent purchased painting, priced it fair.
Infused enthusiasm took its place.
There is a wide alcove, Grand Central place
where astrological plays that ideal
of New York City’s reminiscence, fair
where Paul commenced to paint upon that date.
A gracious time; Belle Epoque in its prime
when Proust and fashion’s lady sat in state.
Paul met young Alice in a reverent state.
She was fourteen. In Paul, she found her place.
She was his model, purist of the prime.
At sixteen, Paul, her partner, was ideal.
Thus linked together, happy, on that date.
A long and fulfilled marriage was their fare.
Their portraiture preserved is wondrous, fair
where artist Paul still paws his canvas state.
We see him in that elegant, bright date.
Impressionistic light touches that place.
We hear his old friend, John, hum that ideal
as he paints those he loves and calls it prime.
The painting’s place a memoir so ideal;
it’s canvas linked upon that date and state;
Belle Epoque fair whose age was in its prime.