a poetic word ever held in heart
'tis the beauty and bounty of Earth
from which love and art shall not depart
express I the need and sounding plea
the MUSE beckons beckons within me
with palette with word
be it ever to prevail
nature, its freedom and grace
with love let us hail
embrace the heart and love of others known
hold dear the care and vision they have shown
we as ONE as resolute intention divine
hold to a shared destiny, be it yours be it mine.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Orangetown, New York
Parnassus or Apollo and the Muses, c. 1640, Simon Vouet, French Baroque Era Painter, 1590-1649.