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               Words to feed the soul from Joseph Bottone



                       Cave Walls

                                  (Carrières de Lumières, Baux de Provence, France)


Chagall projected on towering white limestone walls

          lovers wave at death from their window

                            you can see fantastic horses pass, red and blue


A blodied heart pounds on the table

                                            shyly naked in broken moon light

so much soul spilling out could not be said

to an angel falling

                            falling while clock's golden pendulum


                                glass stained red on the walls and floors

                                                     with summertime

                                                         doves and fishes


                             Images of Dada Paris the temple ceiling

infinite opera of Bacchanal

          Faces in the crowd, plush red chairs,   in another room blue hands reach

for the colour of its soul


                                              --he loves kisses

red and blue horses

     white goats



           children starstruck

by the woman trapeze artist

                        who sways like the man violin tragedy broken



tumble down from the sky

                                             newborn, happy and dancing, and women

on their beds floating by

brightening the faces

in sweetest song's

                Summer Nights







Carrières de Lumières, Le Baux de Provence, France 2016 featuring paintings of Chagall



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