(in response to ‘The Snail’ by Henri Matisse)
The Snail by Henri Matisse
The Snail by Henri Matisse

The canvas lifts the snail,
cut and composed in a world of nature,
vibrant colours planned in a loose spiral,
in a pattern of universal movement,
conducting rhythm and pace
with earth and energy,
plant structures, sea shells and pine cones,
carved to leave the inside free,
sculptured to reveal a form,
bright colours lead an orchestra in harmony.

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