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Posted by : cj on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 09:14 AM
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THE CAPP AWARDS


Susanne Donoghue, 2012 CAPP Runner Up




THE RODIN MUSEUM, 1990

I still remember:
August in Paris,
not so much heat as steam,
a McDonald's, of all things,
on the Champs d'Elysees!
Notre Dame getting her face cleaned,
the dirty Seine sliding by her
hoping she doesn't see
through all the scaffolding
the jetsam of careless travelers.
A long walk through the park,
startling at a miniature
of New York's harbor lady, then
stepping through a narrow gate
and suddenly into an oasis of light,
whole rooms of light dancing,
picking out a curve of cheek here,
a fold of cloak there,
spotlighting a kiss so ardent
we were embarrassed to witness;
shaping hands so lovely
they could have been swans.
Everywhere the light touched
the marble glowed,
smoothed by a man's love for stone
curves, shapes, and empty space.

In the long garden we encountered
Balzac, disheveled in his robe,
wildly gazing at his daemon,
and revealing the sculptor's admiration
for this passionate man
so symbolic of France herself:
gritty, real, spirited
and completely unconcerned
for the opinion of others.

We were dazed and staring
by the time we returned through the gate
to the busy street of a century
which seemed to have arrived in an hour.
Two world wars had come and gone;
Europe fell to bombs and rose again;
Paris ten decades later
smelled of petrol more than manure.
Yet, bespelled by that timeless place
of sun and shadow, rough and smooth,
monument to the simple radiance of being,
we hoped, because death had not stifled
the love of this one man.





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