Wise Poets – Jiordan Castle – The Surrealist

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The Lovers II, 1928 by Rene Magritte

Jiordan Castle

Magritte is said
to have said that
everything we see
hides another thing, that
we always want to see
what is hidden
by what we see,
& in his second painting
of the lovers,
with their mouths
pressed against
each other’s through
thick white veils,
I don’t know what is
meant to be hidden
from me,
except perhaps
Magritte’s dead mother, who died
by drowning—
a suicide,
her body pulled
from the water,
wrapped around
her face. I admire
Magritte’s defense
& disgust—
the idea that
her death had any place
in his paintings, no,
the obscured faces,
their opaque longing,
no. He is said
to have said that
his paintings conceal
nothing, that they
evoke mystery
& that the answer
to the question
          What does it mean? is
nothing, because
mystery means
nothing, because
mystery is unknowable.
a veil is just a veil &
sometimes a veil is
we uncloak
in order to see clearly.