Friday, August 24, 2007
An exposed ribcage of trees, floating
On a crimson shroud of leaves, bathed
In a delusion of light, wiped clean
By air that whispers as it swiftly chokes
And rain that blisters into all consuming smoke.
Even the dark earth is melting underfoot,
Beneath it no green shoot, no tangled root,
No comforting stone,
A fresh eruption of bone.
This used to be one of my favourite Klimt landscapes until I visited the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna and saw the original. It was every bit as stunning as I expected, but it was the caption in German that shook me to the core - ‘Buchenwald’, Beech Wood. I can’t ever look at the painting without the German title superimposing itself.