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13. One Might Think

HanJan with SoundCloud iOS on May 13, 2013 23:20

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    One Might Think

    One might think
    That it is safer not to paint,
    As it is safer not to sing -
    Not to risk the action
    That draws attention,
    That risks rejection
    And the concrete desolation -
    Of finding there is a gap
    Between the imagined
    Captured moon
    Held triumphant in your fist,
    And desperate hope that
    Remains an itch of palm:
    To capture the universe in micro,
    In paint, or song, or poetry.

    Oh, to capture the moment
    In a Jar!
    Or hold those moonbeams
    And the conversations of trees,
    Overheard and translated into a moment
    On a page.

    Or still, so very still
    To capture the whole universe
    In a waiting fruit,
    Sitting so patiently
    Under light.

    How much safer not to risk
    The gap between
    The ecstasy of beauty
    And the meagre offerings
    We can describe?

    Yes, it is true
    To try is to fail.

    But you see,
    This is who we are.
    Without translating the moon,
    That rocky companion does not hear the earth sing to it.
    And I will forget how to look up in wonder.
    I will forget that once,
    I saw her silky beauty
    And felt myself become
    Part of the earth I am so in love with.

    And without the imperfect paintings
    No one learns
    How to truly look
    At the rolling majesty,
    The grand and perfect stature,
    The dazzling absorption
    That can be found
    In looking passionately
    At fruit.


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