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Strolling on the Boardwalk
    After Bathers at La Grenouillere, 1869.
by Michael Escoubas

Is that Renoir with you
as you stroll the boardwalk

near the backwater of the Seine?
You both will paint delightful scenes

of summer winds and pretty girls
imagined as you dine on the floating café.

You hear the wooden rowboats
gently knock against their moorings.

You vow to capture in paint
subtle shimmers of mid-day light,

ripples of water and blue shadows
as they merge with pink pastels

displayed by ladies on promenade
fully aware they are objects

of pleasure, as they too, enjoy
the soothing sounds of a summer day.


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