Paradise Lost

Vexierbild, 2 parts, 30 x 42 cm each

The “lost paradise” is an expression of a painful longing for something valuable that one once possessed but then lost again. It implies the longing look back and the inevitable walk forward.

If I die today after writing
This poem – God will have
Fulfilled his promise to show
Me Paradise – then take it away.
I want my poems cremated,
To vanish in the falling snow,
Dented words and phrases
To melt in the spring thaw;
Or better yet, load them onto
A boy’s sailboat and set me
Adrift, at last, in the fountain
Of the Jardin du Luxembourg.

John Kay
Town Hall Ottobrunn, 2014
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