CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

THE FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY

Studies for Figural Groups and Ornament (recto); Design for a Baptismal Font (verso). Anonymous, Italian, 18th century. Bequest of Miss Edith Standen, 1998. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This wistful and luminous wet is bright;
is eye-arresting in this courtyard,
demanding notice, coated in its own
slick skin of dust that drifts on water,
lit white by sunken lamps, obscured by glass.

You stand across the brushed-clean concrete
in conversation, words too hushed to hear but still
the spill of them is bell-sweet and
brilliant, almost as if

this fountain is charged,
full and flush with fire,
as I have seen the San Gabriel river
from the 210 West when it runs un-choked,
and ragged across the rock-dry earth,

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