Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Parable of the Blind


The Parable of the Blind
by William Carlos Williams

This horrible but superb painting
the parable of the blind
without a red

in the composition shows a group
of beggars leading
each other diagonally downward

across the canvas
from one side
to stumble finally into a bog

where the picture
and the composition ends back
of which no seeing man

is represented the unshaven
features of the des-
titute with their few

pitiful possessions in a basin
to wash in a peasant
cottage is seen and a church spire

the faces are raised
as toward the light
there is no detail extraneous

to the composition one
follows the others stick in
hand triumphant to disaster

2 comments:

jwlogan2 said...

Great picture and poem. For the record, the picture is at Campodimonte in Naples with a smaller version in the Sternberg in Prague. But to really appreciate why B is one of the greatest artists ever, go to the Kunsthistorische in Vienna.

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