Under threat of war, alone with the The Primavera,
three graces in a room full of Botticelli’s wonders,
the year “Libya Bomba Lampadusa”,
( the Uffici eerily empty of tourists)
my heart opened so wide it rendered
speech silent.  The moment would last,
return fitfully from time to time the sense of serenity
scarcely found in the incessant drum beat of my work,
flying from one black security site to another
across the country for years, my body often
tighter than a drum. Tension radiating outward
set the tone, the terms of exchange, quenched
love, loves softening,  it stopped the tongue.

Now this service to country and the devil
has ended and the withheld
tumbles forth in a flow, words, into a world
of caring.  But love  strapped with duty
strangled my dearest
creating ruptures never repaired.

It takes time to relax the strains
repair  damage, to accept the love
one needs to live, to honor my loved ones
to hold them close within.

One thought on “Primavera”

  1. Your response to art is indicative of the person you are, but when you mention Primavera, “first or ultimate truth,” you bring up the question I’m asking. Each generation has had its particular answer to the question, and we have ours. Kent, I believe you and I, and millions of others are collectively creating the truth of our time, and in my mind, no one captures that truth better than the Dalai Lama.

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