Softened, bright

Computer light improves any painting,
back-lit for a radiant show.
Vermeer’s balance, even,
glistenises, remains in its glisten.
The casual folds – those drapes –
stay, too, but know fabric now
as memories can think they know
what was best, what was
likely true.
Back-lit for a virtual exhibition:
I haven’t a single picture of you
(days that did know what a day was),
can’t now.
Softened, bright.
It’s so good to have the,
to have the technology.

from Lucky Day (Carcanet, 2005), © Richard Price 2005, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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