The wisdom of passion I so decree
'Tis the winds and cresting waves of the sea
The flames of soul's deep desire
The consuming transforming lure of sun and fire
The towering tree reaching with branch and bough
The budding bloom holding to Spring's vow
The lingering lure of a garden's scent
The embracing vision clear and fervent
The soft caress of this Summer moment mine
'Tis thought and Being entwine
The feel of this PRESENCE known it shall be
The wisdom of passion I so decree.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Red Canna, oil, 1923, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887-1986.