MONET AT GIVERNY/Robert Gibb When the rain stopped Giving pavements their surfaces of oil, The day grew luminous with poplars and the gardens Where we walked through Giverny in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Painting by painting, We watched light change With the time of year or day, Watched as colors from a warmer world Took shape all around us. I thought I could see something Of those trees--sentinel and windrow--being repeated Along your spine, the way you stood staring Into sunsets which were hayStacks and fields, pools where Clouds bloomed like lilies, their petals alizarin Crimson. And thought I saw something of Monet himself In straw hat and beard, fingers wrinkled as tubes of paint, There where the banked fires of flowers Floated upon their gessos. In the end, water bore him More lightly than ever through cataracts, age, And the deaths of his friends--an old man drifting amid Surface reflections, the worn paths and bridges where he's Passed into his life, his work, the children He's buried, paintings He won't survive. For years The full moon rising through our poplars Cast its watery light across that poster and bedroom wall: THE MISSOURI REVIEW Silhouettes the winds
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