An Old Man Looks at Art

There are days when the youth
inside him runs a whetstone
along the edge of desire.
Turning the page
of a favorite book, he pauses
before Renoir’s
Gabrielle with an Open Blouse,
her skin in the light
like pockets of sunshine,
her breasts abloom
in pink and white.
A gentle and aged arousal
spreads the fire within.

 
 
Jeffrey Johannes

Jeffrey Johannes

Jeffrey Johannes is an artist and poet. He co-edited the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar with
his wife, Joan. He is currently combining his art and poetry to create comics, which he calls
“pometoons." He lives in Port Edwards, Wisconsin.