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Ekphrastic Free Verse: Golden

Bernard Gieske, US poet and Daniel F. Gerhartz, painter


Daniel F. Gerhartz, painter


Ekphrastic Free Verse: Golden


As you walk beside turbulent ocean waters
It’s not your golden strands of hair
Skipping with the spring breeze
That captivates my eyes

Your eyes downcast oblivious of shifting sands
It’s not the flicking flecks of sunshine
Splashing on your outer garments
That draws me to you

You focus on your own inner stormy weather
Your beauty being held hostage by tumultuous thoughts
Tugging, stretching, knotting up deep within you
Not of yourself but of another whom you cannot comfort

Life is always a question
Living is how we answer
Searching for a bridge to cross the raging waters
Sometimes kayaking alone through the rapids
Sometimes extending a hand to help another
Sometimes simply finding a way to offer hope


About Daniel F. Gerhartz, US

Born in 1965 in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, where he now lives with his wife Jennifer, and their children, Dan's interest in art emerged as a teenager. Studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois and his voracious appetite for museums and the modern masters such as John Singer Sargent, Alphonse Mucha, Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla, Carl von Marr as well as a host of other French and American impressionists have inspired him. Dan has a particular interest and appreciation for modern Russian art and the sumptuous canvases of the painters Nicolai Fechin, Isaac Levitan and Ilya Repin.

for a complete biography visit: Daniel Gerhartz



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