The Romantic

By on May 26, 2019 in Poetry

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog

“Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” By Caspar David Friedrich. Photo by Cybershot800i. (Diff),
Public Domain,

On bleary mornings, Eos on my way to work,
twenty years, my matins, I passed a coppice,
a sloughing of limbs, tall, splendid oaks,
condensed diorama forest emerging from haze.
I’d envision a doleful wanderer, an abbey ruin,
Casper David Friedrich’s bleak, romantic
painting. The modern came crashing, suddenly
a rude huffing, greasy bulldozer, a hole
in the ground, a house, concrete, lumber, vinyl,
bramble of wire and pipe, razing my sublime,
though the trees seemed glad for the company —
too much gloom. Who knows? Kids may play
in bits of shade, long summer afternoons,
collect twigs after a wind, and construct forests
for dolls and fairies.


David Sapp is a writer, artist and professor living along the southern shore of Lake Erie in North America. He is a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award grant recipient for poetry. His poems have appeared widely in a number of venues across the United States, in Canada and the United Kingdom. His publications also include articles in the Journal of Creative Behavior; chapbooks Close to Home and Two Buddha; and his novel, Flying Over Erie.