Seen today and snapped by Candia Dixon-Stuart
Goya: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters from Los Caprichos
black mood patient endurance anguished thoughts
groundless expectation tunnel light silver lining?
wry smile forced laughter gnawing jealousy
black tunnel anguished grind daily endurance
Photo by Candia Dixon-Stuart
When I was about four years of age my 80 year old neighbour used to pick
his first nosegay of sweet peas and gave them to me. He always included the
very darkest ones, which were my favourite, as blackcurrant Fruit Pastilles were
always my favourites too.
About two years ago I was experimenting with using Japanese poetic
frameworks and was trying to paraphrase and utilise poetry from the Tale
of Genji etc, but attempting to re-phrase the little cameos in my own words.
This poem seems to have been left out, so I offer it to you now.
Sometimes you visit,
unexpectedly, a friend
and you stumble on
evidence of graciousness.
No show is put on:
it is their habitual
way of doing things.
It reflects nobility.
Even if you were to spy
on them, you would find
they’d behave in the same way.
they’re true to themselves,
whether they are being watched,
or not. It’s integrity.