The Last Breath in the Water by Richard Bell

(Dedicated to Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais)

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Titian strands are tentacles
in the trickled stream
The rushes join the chamomile
in sober sway of sadness
Carnations freed from gentle hands and lungs filled up inside
The beautiful Ophelia
Has died
Intricate bejewelled gown
billows in the flow
Overhanging mourning flowers overcome with grief
Alabaster muse succumbed
to tragic suicide
The beautiful Ophelia
Has died
Flotilla in a floral tribute
flank her corpulence
Could they be more delicate
than her tragic frame?
Hands held up in youthful grace that entropy denied
The beautiful Ophelia
Has died
A muse with purity of spirit
Never caught in sight ’til now
The saturated scene, heartache
A lifeless radiance
Awake
Blue and red and white
they nestle in the undulation
The tree bears flecks reflected
in her tendril auburn hair
Lips still ruddy drawn from cheeks a youthful bloom denied
The beautiful Ophelia
Has died
A muse, the wonder of the world
A Venus to her beau
The watery grave her soul to keep
A lifeless radiance
Asleep
She descends to shallow waters
in her startled gasp
A comet set in starless night
a sight presenting awe
And all who see her fleeting plunge the artist does belie
The beautiful Ophelia
Has died

Ophelia (1851 - 1852) by John Everett Millais / Melancholia (2011) by Lars von Trier

Ophelia (1851 – 1852) by John Everett Millais / Melancholia (2011) by Lars von Trier

Original written poetry tribute by Richard Bell

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