To J. at the Museum

POETRY FORMAT, 29 Oct 2018

Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Pablo Picasso: Jacqueline
Courtesy of Museu Picasso, Barcelona

The crowds, their heretic sweat,
The still heat of the cloistered dusk,
Wall after wall –
Believe me, I was less than whole –
Whatever art engulfed, desecrated, purged, destroyed,
The pictures, colours, lines,
The rough curving flesh of bronze:
It was a battering

Thank god there was a courtyard
To prepare for a meandering escape

And then you caught my eye,
You, about whom I know,
I nothing knew except you gave me pause
When all was flight

I recognised the faltering:
That endlessly relentless hard imposing hand had lapsed

And it was also you I saw the day before,
It had to be,
Alone, resplendently at ease with such a blinding selfless beauty:
You who heedless consecrated my ablutions in the sea

When I emerged there was an old man at your side,
I slowly journeyed back, briny, curious, enthralled,
And slower still imagining as you conversed

But now, confused and tired,
Fighting swarms,
Lost within the coils and treasures
On the dreary trafficked ancient streets,
Amidst evaporating stillborn loves,
You came to me

And I so dearly wished my art –
How I aspired! –
To find its strength in drawing back

October 2018


Museu Picasso Barcelona – Jacqueline Roque

Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an American poet, novelist and physician who now resides in New Zealand. He may be contacted at


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