Awakin Readings

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Monet Refuses The Operation

--Lisel Mueller (Oct 14, 2019)

Doctor, you say there are no haloes  around the streetlights in Paris  and what I see is an aberration  caused by old age, an affliction.  I tell you it has taken me all my life  to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,  to soften and blur and finally banish  the edges you regret I don't see,  to learn that the line I called the horizon  does not exist and sky and water,  so long apart, are the same state of being.  Fifty-four years before I could see  Rouen cathedral is built  of parallel shafts of sun,  and now you want to restore  my youthful errors: fixed  notions of top and bottom,  the illusion of...

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