|Yorkshire Dales: a print by LYDIA BAUMAN|
Two sheep are
two limestone rocks
on the scraped turf.
Bottom to top:
a pink and light blue base, a bumpy field,
a wood of witches' brooms,
a clearing of shadowed light, a denser wood
in orange leaf, a steep swept slope
with single tree, sheer scar, black fell,
bare plateau, blue strips of sky.
A shimmered landscape.
Do Monet's ghost and Seurat's shadow
haunt this painting?
it's formal as a theory:
opaque patterns, repetitions, strata.
But stand back, see it coalesce
(Chaos becoming Gaia)
into a Yorkshire scene:
as, from impressionistic haze,
emerge wild poppies or water lilies
or, from pointilliste dots,
Asnières or La Grande Jatte.