Fall 1985 • Vol. VII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1985 |

Out of the Blue

(After Johannes Vermeer) For a time her world is what she reads, she grasps it in both hands. Must appearances always cheat? The scene looks clarified of human error, of all we used to call sin before the Doctor told us not to fret. Except, her knuckles brighten. In apprehension? We will insist on trying to make up stories: her coat swells about her like falling folds of sky. That map on the wall behind her is obscure. Terra infirma. Is it news from the lover she's reading? Is her dear one out there somewhere, chasing jagged masculine glories and money and fobbing her off with all my love, darling and other ardent syrup? Her face is so gentle, so trusting, the world cannot have raked her yet with our dirty claws. This light in which she stands is comprehensive: what's so clearly seen is like a mind opening itself to another. If you let it, such a moment may flood into your eyes out of the blue over and over again; as when you stare at this g

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