Portrait on landscape
Against a turbulent sky,
dark hair wind-teased, he
half-turns. His arms are folded tight
against the cold, or with a feigned indifference
or diffidence, already aware of the scrutiny
of unborn thousands.
But look into those haughty eyes
forever fixing on the middle distance to your left
and you may see a visionary
who chose politics to express his poetry.
© Marion Adams 2013
Image: Portrait of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland MP, 10th baronet by Samuel William Reynolds, after William Owen mezzotint, (1819) NPG D7156
© National Portrait Gallery, London