This gentleman's expression is certainly revealing.
It's clear that he is suffering some very violent feeling!
The title means 'Forgiveness'! But who's forgiving whom?
He looks just like a person who is going to his doom!
He's clutching at a blossom! She's growing from a tree!
There's something very fishy here, or so it seems to me!
What will be the next move? Will she soon reveal her feet?
And will his expiation, through that movement, be complete?
I get the feeling nudity was the artist's main concern.
He had to have a reason to give naked flesh a turn!
He couldn't just paint lovely bodies for the sake of art!
Victorians were determined that morality played a part.
'The Tree of Forgiveness' needs research..........
Ah now I've found a clue!
We're back in ancient Trojan times and all that ballyhoo!
She's a Princess; he went to war and dallied 'over there'.
She killed herself because she felt he didn't really care.
After her death she then became a lovely almond tree.
When he returned the tears he wept woke her and set her free.
So she's clearly going to forgive him! Well, well! Lucky him!
If I were her I know full well his chances would be slim!
'Stuck in this silly tree!' I'd say 'While you were off cavorting!
Such behaviour's beyond the pale! I wouldn't call it sporting!
Dry your stupid eyes!' I'd say 'And get away from me!
Compared with a lifetime spent with you I'd rather be a tree!'