January 23, 2014

A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris (with Open Window) by Byron Beynon

...after the painting by Gwen John

She is isolated
within her room,
its open window
an eye onto the mysterious sky.
She is there watching
with us,
as we see a coat
discarded on a chair
delicate as lace.
Her shy table
up against the wall
keeps company
with an anonymous book,
its leaves exposed
to the subtle strokes of mood and air.
A determined silence waits.

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. Recent collections include The Sundial (Flutter Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions)


  1. Kinda reminded me of The Yellow Wallpaper.
    Good poem.

  2. Wonderful ekphrastic exposition. Especially liked the determination of the concluding silence. My hat's off.