"Barbarous Gold" The Finished Piece

“Barbarous Gold” The Finished Piece

"Barbarous Gold" Photo Jan 29, 11 48 14 AM-2

 

Oil on canvas 24 x 48 inches

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On my recent trip to Granada in Spain, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the Islamic culture in the region, so I set out to capture the mediterranean warmth along with the scent of the citrus trees.

Delicate merchandise!
The harbors are big with it-
bazaars
for the light and the
barbarous gold.
We open
the halves
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
brims
into the starry
divisions:
creation’s
original juices,
irreducible, changeless,
alive:
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.

From “A Lemon” by Pablo Neruda

 

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