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Rose

Bold March sunlight bounces

off the yellow-grey-brown claybricks

of the house across the gardens;

 

the next-door neighbour’s cut the dead ivy

and the reflected light hits the artificial flowers

and their strong delicate colours, glowing

in their various cobalt vases; blooming joyful

where living flowers find that corner sad;

 

the flowers as if washed today with brighter water-colours;

as if grace itself, wishing to send a message

to this room today, had chosen the spectrum

of the flowers’ purples, yellows, blues and reds

as its medium and message; and its smile;

 

today, the spectrum is for me

metaphor enough – its rainbow limits

playing now-you-see-me… with the retina,

hinting at the formless always beckoning

there, beyond the form..

 

metaphor enough

for heaven’s mind itself; and heaven’s smile.

 

- Heaven as Spectrum, by Michael Shepherd

 

(Rose window, Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok)

 

- Seen in Explore, 25 April 2008

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Taken on April 20, 2008