The Candle a Saint

Candle Saint by Karen Gadient

Many of you know that I’m fond of poetry, as many of you are poets. I figured it was about time to share a favorite poem or two. And so:

The Candle a Saint by Wallace Stevens

Green is the night, green kindled and apparelled.
It is she that walks among astronomers.

She strides above the rabbit and the cat,
Like a noble figure, out of the sky,

Moving among the sleepers, the men,
Those that lie chanting green is the night.

Green is the night and out of madness woven,
The self-same madness of the astronomers

And of him that sees, beyond the astronomers,
The topaz rabbit and the emerald cat,

That sees above them, that sees rise up above them,
The noble figure, the essential shadow,

Moving and being, the image at its source,
The abstract, the archaic queen. Green is the night.

For me, this poem evokes darkness and stars, candlelight and souls, and perhaps even goddesses among scientists. 🙂


Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Inspiration, Poetry

14 responses to “The Candle a Saint

  1. you forgot to evoke the emerald cats and rabbits, I guess they’re pretty important 😉

  2. Amazing artwork and precious words, beautiful!

  3. Yeah, one of my favorite poets. Though I can only read him in small doses…like picking a random page of the I Ching…

  4. Wonderful to see this side of you!!

  5. This is quite wonderful this poem! 🙂 And I’ve not heard of this before or the writer, I shall have to look some of his up on Poem Hunter. I am wondering though – why is the night green, have I missed something obvious?

  6. land of the living skies
    northern lights
    is the night

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