Where are the connoisseurs of light?
After three days of rain, the early light
is optimistic, pinning detail to branch and leaf.
The weather shapes the sky
and the sky shapes the quality of light.
but it’s not that simple, the light in Greece
differs to that of Ireland or India
and differs to that sheen in a photograph,
illusion on a canvas or glow in a Claude Glass.
Van Eyck’s mineral shine differs
to de Hooch’s or Chardin’s
and differs probably if one is sad
or in a celebratory mood.
The light in Australia maps
onto myth of beach and bush.
Avoid the city for
the special scintillation of starlight
and wear sunglasses
to stand on the edge of the sea.