Beauty the Brave

22 May 2016

“And there it is again—
beauty the brave, the exemplary,
blazing open.”
-Mary Oliver, “Peonies”

I’m in Boston recharging my batteries after a long semester.  I spent several hours at the Boston Common and the Public Garden. Students from various local high schools were promenading around the Duck Pond, before heading to prom. The boys were in tuxedos, of course, acting as the ground for the figure of the girls, resplendent in gowns of teal, crimson, and cream.  They reminded me of the Winged Victory of Samothrace.


Elsewhere, wedding parties were getting their pictures taken at the verge of the pond, and allowing large groups of sighing tourists to look on, gratis, that their hearts might break a little bit. Two swans were nesting. There was also music—”sudden music,” I call it: a flamenco guitarist on the bridge, someone else playing “Moon River” on a saxophone.

And then, inexplicably, the bells in the Arlington Street Church rang out the “Ode to Joy,” and the miracle was complete.

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Photo by rmgosselin. Click for a larger image.



2 Responses to “Beauty the Brave”

  1. valavanblog Says: Abeauty art by Venkat. A salute to him.

  2. anony Says:

    I’m nominating you for a Liebster Award. Check it out here:

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