Prism of the Eye

All the colors are there even if

we don’t see them as some do.

Newton put a needle in his eye

to better know this beautiful world-filtering prism

that breaks down all that we see.




Beneath This Canvas


From up here, the treetops are brushstrokes.

Swaying shadows shade places secluded under colors.

A known river runs beneath this canvas –

but not today – while a distant fire

is the softwood incense for my meditation.


Giotto Blue


With canvas and paint set before me,

I would choose Giotto blue for this sky

that is a cathedral dome above me.

Spare no expense for the ultramarine pigment

for this Earthly chapel that surrounds me.

natural ultramarine pigment

Image: detail from Giotto’s painted interior of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua,  Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)