Hope - The artist is George Frederick Watts RA
This is Barack Obama's favourite painting and I have to say I love it very much too.
Hope lives in silence,
his face so often obscured
in low-slung shadows, esconced in sunbeams.
Such peace; like a silent order, save for birdsong
and its new day’s heartfelt repetitions.
Yesterday a white down feather lay upon a loved one’s shoulder,
while a black cat slinked, ghost-like, past French windows in our view;
(today, two magpies graze the garden).
Late, summer-scented, sudden and secret, a swift rain shower descends,
falling vertically, innocently unaware, unabashed by the sunlight
which is understated; warm but not yet bright.
Verging on unnoticed, to me it is a treasure,
unfolding a promise of persistence.
Positivity comes as its gift, unwrapping itself
in an August rainbow, just for you and me,
something you might dream of in some future winter.