02 July 2005

Monet, Painting in Boat



            Photograph

            Smile, I commanded
            you obeyed
            and I caught forever that
            moment
            when something on your face
            disguised itself
            so well
            as happiness.
            Quiet fears and other
            troubles have marred
            this day
            yet the years will pass
            and in time this image
            will be enough
            to make us
            believe
            that in this instant
            we had been so much
            happier than
            we really were.
            How kind and skilful,
            the way time
            deceives memory,
            erases pain,
            fills us with warm
            nostalgia for
            things that never
            really
            happened.
posted by Gilbert at Saturday, July 02, 2005

1 Comments:

Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Just for my own record -

Ahmad in Taiwan has some comments on this poem.

August 28, 2005  

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