563 - Proust

Elstir’s sun ran out in the eclipse
of his brush - brief stars intersected
the returning flocks - time’s apocalypse
was revealed in Our Lady of Balbec.

in that economy Albertine
appears as the moon’s portent consumed
by the dragon - instead of the teen
mother and child - love is assumed

till proven by the robe discarded
and the belt let drop to the doubter -
or a hand is pressed to the hardened
heart that beats again to bring about

a no for good - her hand withdrawn.
the brush dried out in an Atlantic storm.

Woodford Halse
17 August 2021