NaPoWriMo Wednesday, 24th April 2013

NPG D7156; Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10th Bt by Samuel William Reynolds, after  William Owen

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  Creative Commons License

 

 

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