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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Shepherd's Tree

A stunning new piece of art from one of my favourite artists, Brian Rolfe.  The serenity of this painting, called Shepherd's Tree, is quite amazing.  The title caught my eye immediately but the instant I saw the owl on the left of the picture, words popped into my head which wouldn't go away.

So, here's the painting and the words which wouldn't stay in my head...

Shepherd's Tree by artist, Brian Rolfe
(World, Owl, Word and Lord – all from that one word, 'World')

As the World sits and watches
A bearing to the right
Draws attention to a bird
Caught in momentary flight

As the Owl sits and watches
A movement to the left
Leaves no shadow of a doubt
That its food is in that cleft

As the Word sits and watches
The scene from high above
There is so much satisfaction
Of what is made with Love

As the Lord sits and watches
His handiwork below
He accepts His task as Shepherd
To lead those of us who follow

Apparently the painting above is not complete.  Here's the completed one with a link to the explanation of the tree...

The finished work of art


  1. I really like the way that ended!

    1. :) Thanks, Alex

      The title of the painting kept that verse swirling around in my head until I wrote it down...

  2. Wow, Felicity. This was absolutely stunning! Your words are breathtaking and I loved the ending. It is a perfect reflection beaming from the painting you based it upon.
    I found your blog on Chrys Fey's Liebster Award post because she nominated the both of us... and so glad I did! Amazing creativity going on over here.

    1. Thanks so much, Gina. I love your Blog too and am now following you... :)

  3. Lovely poem with an appropriate metaphor. That painting is so ethereal--like an image captured from a dream.

    Tossing It Out

    1. That's exactly it, Lee. It is ethereal, isn't it?

      Thank you for your kind words on my poem.