Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet




Boats by Cyril Wong
You and your photographs of boats; that repeated metaphor for departure,
or simply the possibility of a voyage? What you cannot tell me you tell me
with a vessel and its single passenger,  eyes fixed on some skylit conclusion.
Set apart and starkly upon a canvas  of tractable waves, brought to still
by the trigger-click of your camera,  like the sound a key makes when it
releases the lock. Your heart became that lock; these images how you have
always articulated distance, a withdrawal. Darling, there are just as many ways
of saying goodbye as there are ways  of letting you go. The boat is narrow
like the width of my heart after  impossible loss, cruel resignation;
this heart you ride in. Love, if this is how you choose to leave me let me let you.




This reminds me of the painting - Impression, Sunrise by Monet, which presents a misty maritime scene of boats leaving and the sunrise in the background. The early morning sun depicted rising over the foggy harbour links with the line “the possibility of voyage” - for the persona perhaps, boats represent departure, but for his lover, it is a new journey, the start of another life away from him, a form of release perhaps. This painting induces a calm feeling from the viewer - the use of mostly cool, dull colours of blues and greys, with a little splash of warm colours in the sky and the red-orange sun. The focal point of this impressionist painting is of course, not the boats, or on departure, but I feel like, this particular artwork would fit the poem’s atmosphere a lot. In the poem, he persona compares the “width of [his] heart” to the narrow boat, the boat which the lover rode in. His heart is a vessel that had accepted the lover, had allowed him to fill up its space. And the way the lover leaves him is perhaps, like the departure of a boat - it is slow and drawn out; the boat slowly drifting away, the increasing detachment and alienation, the persona watching, as it disappears among the waves, among the horizon. This slow and calm feeling invoked - the departure is not a sudden and shocking one, creating in the persona anger and sorrow, but rather a quiet affair, is experienced while looking at Monet’s painting as well. This hazy landscape and the serene atmosphere seems almost ordinary, but what lies behind this scene can be untold stories of great intensity.

Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

Boats by Cyril Wong

You and your photographs of boats;
that repeated metaphor for departure,

or simply the possibility of a voyage?
What you cannot tell me you tell me

with a vessel and its single passenger,
eyes fixed on some skylit conclusion.

Set apart and starkly upon a canvas
of tractable waves, brought to still

by the trigger-click of your camera,
like the sound a key makes when it

releases the lock. Your heart became
that lock; these images how you have

always articulated distance, a withdrawal.
Darling, there are just as many ways

of saying goodbye as there are ways
of letting you go. The boat is narrow

like the width of my heart after
impossible loss, cruel resignation;

this heart you ride in. Love, if this is how
you choose to leave me let me let you.

This reminds me of the painting - Impression, Sunrise by Monet, which presents a misty maritime scene of boats leaving and the sunrise in the background. The early morning sun depicted rising over the foggy harbour links with the line “the possibility of voyage” - for the persona perhaps, boats represent departure, but for his lover, it is a new journey, the start of another life away from him, a form of release perhaps. This painting induces a calm feeling from the viewer - the use of mostly cool, dull colours of blues and greys, with a little splash of warm colours in the sky and the red-orange sun. The focal point of this impressionist painting is of course, not the boats, or on departure, but I feel like, this particular artwork would fit the poem’s atmosphere a lot. In the poem, he persona compares the “width of [his] heart” to the narrow boat, the boat which the lover rode in. His heart is a vessel that had accepted the lover, had allowed him to fill up its space. And the way the lover leaves him is perhaps, like the departure of a boat - it is slow and drawn out; the boat slowly drifting away, the increasing detachment and alienation, the persona watching, as it disappears among the waves, among the horizon. This slow and calm feeling invoked - the departure is not a sudden and shocking one, creating in the persona anger and sorrow, but rather a quiet affair, is experienced while looking at Monet’s painting as well. This hazy landscape and the serene atmosphere seems almost ordinary, but what lies behind this scene can be untold stories of great intensity.

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