BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





ST SAVIN


9-3-99



St Savin rhymes with Cannes
and other things French and frail.
Like Paris out-living its natural bail
and in later years being forced to man

modernism, buildings of glass and steel,
tropes that make one reel,
in that doll's house of rococo
and crumbling, gritty dough.

I stayed in a castle in St Savin,
looked at the church's murals aglow,
through binoculars high in a row
faded, faint, like pale vin

spilled on the ancient ceiling,
clinging for centuries peeling,
admired from far below
by tourists who should know

that such things as St Savin
and the filmmaker's Cannes,
and murals, no matter how pale,
are admired in this worldly jail.

Long ago I had been to seashore Cannes
knowing nothing of St Savin.
Brought up in a clueless jail
where things of the mind were very pale

I knew nothing of appealing
paintings on a peeling ceiling.
But now I know --
though I'm far below,

like the dregs of a rouge vin,
where, when I row and row,
I become like a lantern all aglow
with enthusiasm at St Savin.

Though craning my neck makes me reel
and I'd rather admire a bit of steel,
still, for just the tiniest amount of dough
I can visit a whole country of rococo

admired by educated man
who has set his own formidable bail,
and whose depthless Parisian views, and frail
illusions are glossed and re-admired at Cannes.






Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




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BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO



21st CENTURY ART, C.E. - B.C., A Context