Issue Twenty-Six - Summer 2015

The Mastery of Light

By Chet Corey

Light allowed in
through a dormer window.

Its insistence of radiance
fills the corner of the room,
back wall, stiff wimple.

The water in the jug
of no importance–

Vermeer’s window light
watering all.

That translucence of glass
Manet achieves in White Lilacs!

Late in life,
his single flower in a crystal vase.

Iconic photographs of Jacqueline
and Coretta Scott King–
grief racked behind each veiled face.

And yet light let in.

Copyright Corey 2015