Friday, September 24, 2010

PSF (A Painting and Poetry Fusion in a Red Wine Jus)

Hey Leo, can you smell something burning?

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters; how well, they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.


Ramon Insertnamehere said...

That's some fine poetry slamming, Bob.

squib said...

Poem and painting both grouse. I wouldn't want to choose between them

Lewd Bob said...

Squib, I'd probably end up choosing beer. But luckily we can have all 3.

wari lasi said...

Groovy painting. But I'm choosing the red wine jus. I'm presently enjoying a Fortant Cab Sav at the Concorde Hotel in KL. I can see the Petronas Towers out the window!