I have seen more than a little beautiful art in the last two days, and I wouldn’t like to pick a favorite, but there has been a “most inspirational.” Or rather, there have been 8 canvases in 2 rooms that win that particular prize. The Orangerie Museum devotes the entire top floor to two light-filled oval rooms built specifically to display the most famous of Monet’s massive Water Lilies. I spent the better part of an hour in this magical space yesterday, and the product of this time is the two poems I share here:
Room 1: The Water Under The Lilies
Water flows through sun and shadow – it is unaware?
And when sunset lights a fire, can it see the glare?
Can it feel the floating lilies play upon it face?
Is it proud to know it’s beauty? conscious of its grace?
If I floated with that water, could I rest at ease?
Would I be content to wander with no thought to please?
I think not, and yet I wonder, whose the better part?
For, with consciousness and striving comes an awe-struck heart.
Room 2: Melancholy friend
In this room
There’s a reflection of my sometime mood –
the darkness and the languor,
trailing branches dipping down to taste the water’s tears.
There’s something of twilight and of mist
that does not look for dawn to rush in quickly
before the night has had it’s time
to whisper necessary secrets with the voice of darkened waters.
These waters know a subtle kind of light –
a kind that mixes into murky water
ill-content to merely dance upon the waves
it sinks beneath – absorbs into the depths.
And in that secret, silent, submerged world
creates a healing, understanding beauty
that sits quietly with me
In this room.