Golden Braids

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Albert Anker ‘Girl Braiding Her Hair’ (and reading ) 1887


It is the same dreams of yesterday

Held within your chamber of wishes

To ponder the peace, the future day

When pain gives way to surrender

In a discovery of intimate serenity.


You toss your hair and leave yourself

Golden braids bathed in radiant light

Lost within a rhythmic heart of grief

The tedious separating of each yellow strand

Gentle strokes filled with innocence belief


Touch the heart of hope

Lost in the fantasy ocean of delight

In a open book of secret treasure

Released from a chain of sadness

The love of tomorrow washed in grace.


Written in response to dverse- poets pub and submitted to Poets United – Poetry Pantry

(I love the work of Albert Anker and this is one of my favourite paintings)

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10 Responses to Golden Braids

  1. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …both the painting & your words are beautiful… so many to like but i especially love the ending line: love of tomorrow washed in grace… smiles…

  2. claudia says:

    somehow this made me think of my grandma..she had long, grey hair and i loved watching her in the evenings when she sat in the kitchen by the fireplace and combed and braided it

  3. brian miller says:

    nice…love the spiritual nature in this alan…there is a day coming of intimate serentiy when all th etoil of this day will be worth it…you know…and grace, well its just amazing…smiles.

  4. Mary says:

    Alan, this is a wonderful poem. Sometimes out of pain does come surrender. We just have to let it go. There is peacefulness in the braiding….and eventually comes the hope…and, yes, the grace as well!

  5. WabiSabi says:

    Very contemplative, moody and ultimately hopeful poem!

  6. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Beautifully imagined.

  7. Tony says:

    Your poem has me wondering – is she reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears or Rapunzel?

  8. Kim Nelson says:

    She’s lovely… you give her life.

  9. alan1704 says:

    Thank you all for visiting and your comments, it has been a real privilege to share with everyone this painting as i try to touch the essence of the artist.

  10. lucychili says:

    a gentle poem with hope for tomorrow =)

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