THE LILY PAD, THE JAPANESE BRIDGE
Painting by Claude Monet (1899); Poem by Sal Buttaci (1994)
Who could imagine what Monet was thinking
when he took his brush to this!
Ask him what inspired him
and he will no doubt lie,
say "The Japanese Bridge"
or "The lily pond: the way the lilies
sit on the brown river" or
"The mood I was in, the feeling
I have captured in this work."
It is true Monet one afternoon
came to the bridge,
to this lily pond,
an easel under his arm,