# # Spellbound (Inspired By A Poem By Paul Hansford)
Can words paint a picture in the mind
by Sonya Florentino
Can a poem evoke a memory
Yes! the poem 'Reflection' by Paul Hansford
Brought it all back to me
The sky, the clouds, the grass, the trees
Mirrored in the still blue lake
A girl once drew this heavenly view
Spellbound in its gaze
Can one taste the colors of a rainbow
Just look into her eyes
The beauty of life surrounds her
Refracted in her smile
© 2009 Sonya Florentino
Many years ago I chanced upon a drawing (in crayon) by a child of a landscape: a view of a lake with the reflection of the land and the sky upon the surface of the water.
I was transfixed by this image not only because the child-artist had such impeccable technique (the drawing stood out from those of the other children) but because the child captured something so profound, something spiritual. I remember thinking the drawing could be inverted and it would not have mattered. I also noticed that the reflected half seemed more real-the colors more vibrant, the lines more detailed. I returned to look at it again but they had taken down the exhibit by then. Needless to say, I never forgot that haunting image.
A few days ago, I read a poem by Paul Hansford here in Poemhunter titled “Reflection” in the form of a palindrome (a poem that reads the same forward and backward) .
As I was reading the poem, the memory of the drawing immediately came back to me, almost like déjà vu. I now realize that even though I must have seen this kind of reflection on a lake at some point in my life, it took a drawing and a poem to bring back that feeling, reminding me of the importance of reflection, of communing with nature and recognizing the spirit in everything.
Subsequently I learned that “Reflections” is the title of one of his book of poems, the cover of which is a photograph of a landscape, yes-with a lake, and like the drawing, 'as above...as below...'
P.S. I know, one shouldn’t have to explain a poem, but I’m making an exception here.