The Pope of Rome cures an orthodox believer*
Let Degas, Gaugain and Vincemt forgive me,
For having barely glanced at their masterpieces
In the fierce heat of ’97 in the Musée d’Orsay –
I almost passed out before them, hiding my abscess,
Swollen jaw, my temperature forty degrees!
*part of the poem-clip ‘A nocturnal conversation with Europe’ (Kyiv 2012)