Wednesday, October 7, 2020

a cool young man............................

Michelangelo's David's not a warrior,
not just a clever boy—he's a cool young man.
Weight on the right leg, eyes left
brow crinkled, calculating, estimating
                           the text says Goliath is already down. 

Left arm to his left shoulder and the stone-pouch,
right hand down at his side,
holds the ends
                   long leather sling straps—he has not
thrown it yet.  Stands still, in a deep place
a hinge in time 

and naked grace.

-Gary Snyder, Young David in Florence, Before the Kill

more than you wanted to know about Michelangelo's David may be found here

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