Carnival Evening (Linda Pastan)


Bij Carnaval


Carnival Evening door Henri Rousseau, 1886



Carnival Evening

Despite the enormous evening sky
spreading over most of the canvas,
its moon no more
than a tarnished coin, dull and flat,

in a devalued currency;
despite the trees so dark themselves,
stretching upward like supplicants,
utterly leafless; despite what could be
a face, rinsed of feeling, aimed
in their direction,

the two small figures
at the bottom of this picture glow
bravely in their carnival clothes,
as if the whole darkening world
were dimming its lights for a party.



Linda Pastan (New York, 27 mei 1932)
Een Mardi Gras penthouse party op Fifth Avenue, New York



Zie voor de schrijvers van de 27e februari ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.