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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