CT Poets’ Corner: Jim Finnegan’s poems explore our transitory existence – Hartford Courant

Giotto’s Circle

by Jim Finnegan

 

As Vasari’s story goes, Giotto’s signature

was a single perfect circle. Drawn in red, freehand

and quickly, almost casually to send a message to a Pope.

A circle that rippled over the seas…around the earth,

and widens still.

Confidence in one’s talent and facility

is a funny thing. It can come and go. By now

you must know that art is that circle. One that both

widens and tightens. It lets us in, but then as easily

it holds us out.

Sometimes we are inside the bait ball of small fish

that larger predatory fish keep reforming

and perfecting with their teeth. Sometimes the wobble

of a far planet means a dead star disturbs its orbit,

slowly reels it in.

It took a long time to realize your gift would never

be Giotto’s. That whatever circle you might draw

would be more like a tire that needed air. One hears

it throb and moan over miles of pavement, but

O, it rolls on.

 

Like Hartford’s renowned poet Wallace Stevens, poet Jim Finnegan of West Hartford works in insurance.In his poetry, Finnegan looks at our transitory existence and explores the mystery and anonymity of the self.

Source: CT Poets’ Corner: Jim Finnegan’s poems explore our transitory existence – Hartford Courant

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