On Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”
Two girls lighting Japanese lanterns,
early evening in an England’s garden,
late nineteenth century.
Preventing the dark night, arranging
for so happy a party.
The painter has had no opportunity to speak,
but now we know,
like old Greek priestesses,
in white gowns,
also offering prayers on glowing tapers,
relieving unsure forthcoming days.
The purity they have lightened that night
persists until our present days and nights.
Published in the spring issue 2015 of The Provo Canyon Review.
Published in Synesthesia, Vol.4-1, March 02, 2016.
Published in The Basil O’Flaherty, July 2016 issue.