The Sculpture Garden in Sunlight
by Evelyn Hooven (July 2017)
The Thinker in the Rodin Museum Garden, Paris, France
during an extraordinary heat wave;
fatalities mount; the sculpture speaks:
Not to be stone,
Not to be bronze to the core
Is dangerous, dangerous—
The people are dazed by this radiance,
Something contorts their faces,
Anaesthesia—imminent breakage . . .
It is clear
They will never endure;
Ship them ever so crated
Or filled with excelsior,
Mark them exceptionally fragile,
They must turn out
This is the madness of sun,
This must be their strange festival—
Their creator puts out
To repair them.
Perhaps he is sleeping
Or elsewhere, making
What thrives intact,
What holds out forever.
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