MONTE ROSA or The Picturesque and the Sublime

hayfield in Lombardia with Monte Rosa in the Background made invisible by sunlight.

Paint everything which is not
mountain;
only sky only
the tranquil green of a hayfield
tumbling towards a horizion
ignorant
of what it’s missing.

It is this void, superimposed upon the mountain
which instructs the heart:
Constrict!
There is the possibility of absence.

Bonnie M. McClellan

Monte Rosa

I have lived in Italy for three years now and it never stops being beautiful. The concept of a quotidian and yet extrodinarily beautiful vision continues to fascinate me as did the daily magic of the sky when I lived in Texas.

I wrote this poem parked in the parkinglot of the cemetery of the town of Orino, Italy. The cemetery is along the local road that I drive down on the way to and from my daughter’s daycare in Castello Cabiaglio. I encounter a vision twice a day on this drive: Monte Rosa. The mountain is the wallpaper of my everyday life. Despite the ubiquity of this beauty, I feel an ache in my chest that has the emotional resonance of loss everytime I round the curve in the road that brings the moutain into sight. I’m still working my brain around living with something so beautiful that it hurts to look at.

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When something extrodinary becomes part of your ordinary.

When something extrodinary becomes part of your ordinary.

~ by bonniemcclellan on July 26, 2009.

3 Responses to “MONTE ROSA or The Picturesque and the Sublime”

  1. I really like this poem and the story of it’s conseption. It brings to mind a picture not unlike the photo that goes with the poem. I see that scene frequently on my drives around the hill country of Texas although, right now, it is unfortunately not as green.At any rate, I can relate!

  2. […] 11:13 am Filed under: Uncategorized 1. Bonnie McClellan: New Poem   Nuova poesia! New poem! MONTE ROSA or The Picturesque and the Sublime Paint everything which is not mountain; only sky only the tranquil green of a hayfield tumbling […]

  3. Ciò che trovo straordnario è che il Monte Rosa di tutto questo non sa nulla…e continua a splendere nella sua imponente bellezza!
    Grazie Bonnie

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