Alexander Averin

Friday, 26 August 2011


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.

Cait O’Connor


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So lovely.
I stood before that painting last February. Took my breath away. I didn't realize it was the President's favourite. He has good taste, doesn't he?

Frances said...

Cait, I agree that Hope is a lovely painting. Hope is always to be treasured, and welcomed.


CAMILLA said...

Love the painting of Hope, Cait. I have always kept Hope in my minds eye.