Magritte: Dominion of Light
First comes the light, being
the aperture of dark as the evening
stays still. One can guess
the trajectory of the night beings
invisible, almost insensible.
The brush-stroke precision makes them blend
with what forever waits behind two lit windows.
Trees at the front are dark arrows
grown from the unimaginable into the painting's
essence, which will last as long as it
allows one not only to see, but to breathe it in.
Even afterwards, this will remain
a glass, infinitely transparent. The orderly facade implies
some sturdy settled household. The trees
are well-tended but not trimmed. Beyond the fence,
there is a garden, perennially rustling.
One cannot hear a sound, feel a movement; yet
one knows there must be a sound, since the light
and a sound are reflections of the same.
There is no street sign, number, or a name.
Only the signs of a human omniabsence:
little silent pond, part of a bay, or else
a strait, that harbors quiet boats beyond the frame.
It feels as if an opaque story of a family
nests behind the house, in the garden
that is the insects' paradise, the world of tireless rodents.
Vestiges of life are stirring in the back rooms.
The walls hold reflections of the perpetuating shadows,
not moving anymore, but paused in their domestic eternity:
holding a teacup, a knife, someone's hand stretched in
an attempt to reach for something,
that it will never reach. The only link
between the objects is the sky, as unassuming
as the sky could be in its generously aimless
evening lightness. Its axis is the streetlamp-
a counterpoise and the foundation of an ample-
ness of the void. We try to leave
it in the self-saving and comforting oblivion,
as we turn away from the visage of petrification,
from the move into a motionlessness.
There canvas echoes passion of suppression. This is a dominion
of light, the world where everyone is gone.