|The Empire of Lights|
Final painting of Rene Magritte (1967)
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This was the day of the dead, and watermelons.
I thought you had a lot to say and stayed up late
to listen but the roots of trees soon untangled
and you preferred your self-portraits in green.
It could very well be my life’s work, this canvas,
blank but for one corner dripping paint, study
of a bull or bride. This was the twilit hour.
Skeletal frames rode with capitalized death.
I have always believed that history is at fault
for not dealing better with catastrophe;
it is all muddy eye sight or colour seen only
in peripheral vision, blue on horizontal black,
with maybe a naked woman or a man in tall hat
bowing before Raphael’s Transfiguration.
The Final Twilight, The Sunday Mini-Challenge in the Imaginary Garden showcases the poetry of Jorge Luis Borges. I have been most inspired by his sonnets. This poem references a collection of Last Paintings of Famous Artists.
Catastrophe Theory is a branch of mathematics concerned with systems displaying abrupt discontinuous change.