2-2)If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint ~ John Burnside

Si Dieu n’existait pas

No one invents an absence:
Cadmium yellow, duckweed, the capercaillie
-see how the hand we would name restrains itself
till all our stories end in monochrome;

the path through the meadow
reaching no logical end;
nothing but colour: bedstraw and ladies’ mantle;
nothing sequential; nothing as chapter and verse.

No one invents the quiet that runs in the grass,
the summer wind, the sky, the meadowlark;
and always the gift of the world, the undecided:
first light and damson blue ad infinitum.
John Burnside