“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
I beg your pardon, Da Vinci, sir,
but I have to disagree.
To fully understand its sense
a poem must be seen.
A poem, you see, is more than words
to be skimmed or read aloud.
A poem is shaped like sculptor’s clay,
careful not to overcrowd.
Further, sir, you must understand
how your paintings make me feel.
For example, the Last Supper
makes that moment oh so real.
I feel a sense of angst among
the twelve apostles there,
and I feel impending doom
in Christ who is aware.
Knowing his death is close at hand
offering bread for them to share
like his body, it is broken
I feel confusion as they stare.
I hope that now…
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