Love 25: Endings

 

Endings
Derek Walcott, 1930-2017, Saint Lucian

 

 

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Things do not explode,
they fail, they fade,

as sunlight fades from the flesh,
as the foam drains quick in the sand,

 

 

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even love’s lightning flash
has no thunderous end,

it dies with the sound
of flowers fading like the flesh

 

 

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from sweating pumice stone,
everything shapes this

till we are left
with the silence that surrounds Beethoven’s head.

 

 

 

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Going and Return, oil on tin and carved bas-relief. 

Susan Lowry, American born 1953.  Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia

 

 

 

The header photo is a large plate:

Clouds, stoneware with slip inlay and trailed glaze design made in 1991 by Shimaoka Tatsuzo,  1919-2007, Japanese. 

Windows in the central vault of the Metropolitan Museum, NY are reflected on this work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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