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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fixing the Rose

He knows the beauty of the rose
Painfully intense as it can be
Is not enough.
And so he fixes it
on canvas sacrificing
nearly every part of it
to give it what it lacks:
It gets to stay.
It gets to be what it appears to be--
As though the lack of permanence were not what made it
Beautiful. Beautiful
to begin with.
Sine qua non.

And so the painting calms the rose
But does not fix it.

Let's begin.

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