The shadow of its joy by eudora

The shadow of its joy

Wondering why I am so attracted to waterlilies, I found this half-forgotten poem by Robert Hayden. It, like Monet's paintings and waterlilies in nature, speaks to me of peace in turbulent times.

Monet's Waterlilies

Today as the news from Selma and Saigon
poisons the air like fallout,
I come again to see
the serene, great picture that I love.

Here space and time exist in light
the eye like the eye of faith believes.
The seen, the known
dissolve in iridescence, become
illusive flesh of light
that was not, was, forever is.

O light beheld as through refracting tears.
Here is the aura of that world
each of us has lost.
Here is the shadow of its joy.
--Robert Hayden
These are absolutely exquisite! What a fabulous Lee fantastic photo of them Diane. Wonderful composition and detail !! FAV
October 29th, 2016  
Beautiful image:)!
October 29th, 2016  
so beautifully captured ... fav
October 29th, 2016  
The sharpness and color are stunning! And the poem is a beautiful addition. f av
October 29th, 2016  
Lovely composition, colours and reflection.
October 29th, 2016  
Instant fav. Incredible capture. The reflection is just wonderful.
October 29th, 2016  
A beauty if I ever seen one. a nice poem by Robert Hayden. fav.
October 29th, 2016  
This is gorgeous.
October 30th, 2016  
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