leda & swan – oil on canvas – 46 x 61 cm
leda & swan – oil on canvas – 61 x 80 cm
” We didn’t know how our faces looked, they said.
We didn’t know what the things in the world looked like. We were blind.”
Fernando Benitez, In the Magic Land of Peyote
I looked in the mirror. I didn’t recognize who looked at me.
It was a man unshaven, dirtied and bloodied, frail and fatigued,
Whose gaze at once was lowered as I stared. It was as if he
Couldn’t endured to be looked at, even by strangers. Oddly intrigued
I asked him how it happened, where he had been for what and with whom,
But there was no indication from the guilty, averted face
That he’d understood, that he even had heard. I thought: I’ll shatter his gloom!
I said : Who did it! The words were barely out. Like revenge,like grace,
He looked at me, and in the meeting of his eyes and mine
I saw my own, but in that face that wasn’t mine they were set.
Then, as I stared, the eyes began to shine
With care, compassion; and, touching mine, I felt how they were wet.
David Galler, Collected Poems (1995)