Lessons of Darkness

This is the work of darkness – not

just night – but that other lacking time

when light is unseen. It is chiaroscuro.

Without art. Under an arch of lamentation,

these three days have been midnight unmoving.

 



astronomer

Astronomer by Candlelight by Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613 – 1675) with a touch of modern technology

 

For Anne, On Her Anniversary

William married you on this date, 1582.

Eight years older, you seemed much wiser.

Later, you just seemed much older.

He to London. You with the kids.

I hope you had a beautiful garden.

 

anne


(Sometime after their twins were born, William Shakespeare moved to London to pursue an acting career and only came back to Anne in Stratford occasionally. She never visited him in London. The couple spent most of the rest of their marriage apart, but Shakespeare moved back to Stratford when he retired from the stage, and they spent the last six years of his life together.  She is buried next to him in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford.)