by Allen Ginsberg
In the foreground we see time and life
swept in a race
toward the left side of the picture
where shore meets shore.
But the meeting place
it doesn’t occur on the canvas.
For the other side of the bay
is Heaven and Eternity,
with a bleak white haze over it mountains.
And the immense water of L’Estaque* is a go-between
for minute rowboats.
*L’Estaque – Fishing village in France
where Paul Cėzanne, French Postimpressionist,
painted many of his views of the sea.
The piece shown is entitled L'Estaque (1839-1906)