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The Supper at Emmaus

June 11, 2009

just over,
Caravaggio’s Christ
stood in the Tube
dressed in jeans
and shapeless jumper
holding a jacket
for his girl.

by Irene Brown

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Note: I wrote this poem in 2005 after having been to the exhibition Caravaggio: The Final Years at the National Gallery in London which included his painting The Supper at Emmaus. This year, I came across and read the Salley Vickers novel, The Other Side of You, which featured the painting in its theme. I saw it again drawn in chalk on a Florence pavement by a Texan artist, Kelly Borsheim, and her students.

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  1. June 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Marvelous, Irene!

  2. June 12, 2009 at 5:12 am

    I love it when I see people I know in paintings and paintings I know in people I see!

  3. June 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

    That does it for me!

  4. June 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I was delighted when Irene sent me this poem and so pleased that ‘The Other Side of You’ has become a part of it.

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