“Autumn in Bavaria,” Wassily Kandinsky, 1908
“Autumn in Bavaria,” Wassily Kandinsky, 1908

Sugar-Spun Melodies

October 16, 2020

The poem “Sugar-Spun Melodies” by Brianna de la Paz is inspired by none other the painting above, Autumn in Bavaria. For years prior to 1908, Wassily Kandinsky had been painting landscapes in a highly stylized manner. With ‘Autumn in Bavaria,’ however, he would push it farther towards pure abstraction than at any time previously. “Sugar-Spun Melodies” is a sweet and uplifting poem we here at the CHAT hope you enjoy! You can also hear her recite her poem at https://soundcloud.com/user-773747431/sugar-spun-melodies

Sugar-Spun Melodies

By Brianna de la Paz

Afternoon light hangs low in the sky,

humming a tune into the air

and brushing yellow petals from their stems.

An accordionist stands on the old pathway

feathered softly with fallen leaves.

He stretches the instrument between his fingers

and folds it into itself again,

molding the bellows like pulled sugar

in a warm candy shop.

A honeyed melody drips from his song,

landing tenderly on the maple leaves below.

He watches with wrinkled eyes

as the wind blows wishes,

carrying crystals of candied music

through empty city streets.

They drift from corner to corner,

leaving faint harmonies

and whispers of cinnamon

on glowing doorsteps

of the unknown.

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