February 16, 2015

After Pissaro by Byron Beynon

He entered a room 
for a view of the oldest
standing bridge in Paris.
Pont Neuf,
a strength of architecture
stands without houses.
Here the bouquinistes
tried selling books, pamphlets,
before being driven away
to the banks of the Seine.
His early canvas
for a new, tragic century,
a glimpse of people,
those anonymous shadows
with hushed umbrellas
on a snowy day,
observed through rented panes.

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His most recent collection is The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).

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