FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER, APOSTLE
“Monet’s ‘Waterlilies'” by Robert Hayden
Today as the news from Selma and Saigon
poisons the air like fallout,
I come again to see
the serene great picture that I love.
Here space and time exist in light
the eye like the eye of faith believes.
The seen, the known
dissolve in iridescence, become
illusive flesh of light
that was not, was, forever is.
O light beheld as through refracting tears.
Here is the aura of that world
each of us has lost.
Here is the shadow of its joy.
Here is the link if you want to take a look at the “Water Lilies” series by the great French impressionist painter, Claude Monet (1840-1926):