Claude Monet (1840-1926), Waterlilies (1917)
Museum Marmottan, Paris


O silvery moons complete and round
Singing of stillness and not of sound
Fluffy white clouds floating & fleeting
The weeping willows send their greeting
Blue skies are kissing the waters too
All mirrored in a clear pool of dew
The serene sweet silence they convey
Swiftly transforms the summer's day
Bringing fragrance to the morning air
O cease this moment, thou art so fair
Suddenly time has come to a stop
The Now-Moment before Basho's "Plop!"
Waterlilies blossoming here and there
Dancing in eternal joy everywhere!

               — Peter Y. Chou
                    Paris, 7-28-1979

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