Charles Rosen, Opalescent Morning, ca. 1909, oil on canvas, H. 32 x W. 40 inches, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest

Ananya Siragavarapu’s work entitled “A Sonnet to the Sunrise” was awarded an Honorable Mention. Ananya, a 9th Grader at Tamanend Middle School in Warrington, PA, was inspired by Charles Rosen’s painting entitled Opalescent Morning. Congratulations Ananya!


A Sonnet to the Sunrise

On each moon-kissed leaf lays a glistening dew drop

And the bees sing their high, keen song

The lake a rippling obsidian top

Won’t be opalescent twilight for long

Then a golden ball rolls across the world

Its glory bringing the landscape to life

The incandescent rays laying unfurled

Gleaming brighter than the glint of a knife

Then the once-black mirror reflects the sky

Till only darkness is what the light lacks

Sparrows and chickadees tweet as they fly

At this beauty for which there is no tax

So is the sunrise in all its splendor

A God-given gift, a beacon of grandeur


Learn more about our exhibit by visiting our website: 30 Years: Art at the Michener, 1988-2018. You can learn more about ekphrastic poetry by reading our first post.