Allen Ginsberg (3rd June, 1926 – 5th April, 1997)
In the foreground we see time and life
swept in a race
toward the left hand side of the picture
where shore meets shore.
But that meeting place
it doesn’t occur on the canvas.
For the other side of the bay
is Heaven and Eternity,
with a bleak white haze over its mountains.
And the immense water of L’Estaque is a go-between
for minute rowboats.
The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L’Estaque by Paul Cezanne (circa 1885)