" And perhaps he speaks / of the nature of light, or the coils in my mind"

— De la O, Marsha


Date
December 12, 2016
Metaphor
" And perhaps he speaks / of the nature of light, or the coils in my mind"
Metaphor in Context
We are, C├ęzanne reminds me, an iridescent chaos. And perhaps he speaks
of the nature of light, or the coils in my mind
, or
            Hortense with her hair loosened, alone, Hortense implacable
            in red, his family would not receive her, she bore his only son,
            raised him living apart, desperate for funds, they judged her,
            surface and depth, light on watered silk, how carefully she
            composed her pain through all those hours, all those
            portraits, twenty-nine of them, how marriage confounded
            them both, confounds us,

                                                                            every
marriage
         spanning a ravine of time
                      down
at the crossroads where stream and light and stone are one
                                                                                       flame,
yes, fire ascendant in water, fire paramount,
                                                            water catamount,
puma water, plum-colored in its darker parts . . .
I hear somewhere close
                                that bird calling could-be, could-be--

tell me, Bird, how soul inhabits the place of fire,
                                how soul dwells there in its trembling?
Provenance
Reading
Citation
Marsha De la O, "A Natural History of Light," The New Yorker (December 12, 2016). <Link to www.newyorker.com>
Date of Entry
12/08/2016

The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.