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The Cyclops (detail), 1914, by Odilon Redon (1840–1916); Peter Horee/Alamy Stock Photo.

If we really wanted to kill the monster, we would give it what it wants.

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Odilon Redon (1840-1916 French) • Le Jour (from the Dream series) 1891 | inni in vani

Source: Odilon Redon (1840-1916 French) • Le Jour (from the Dream series) 1891 | inni in vani

Silence, Odilon Redon | inni in vani

Source: Silence, Odilon Redon | inni in vani

Mary Oliver and Odilon Redon

THE BUDDHA’S LAST INSTRUCTION

“Make of yourself a light,”

said the Buddha,

before he died.

I think of this every morning

as the east begins

to tear off its many clouds

of darkness, to send up the first

signal — a white fan

streaked with pink and violet,

even green.

An old man, he lay down

between two sala trees,

and he might have said anything,

knowing it was his final hour.

The light burns upward,

it thickens and settles over the fields.

Around him, the villagers gathered

and stretched forward to listen.

Even before the sun itself

hangs, disattached, in the blue air,

I am touched everywhere

by its ocean of yellow waves.

No doubt he thought of everything

that had happened in his difficult life.

And then I feel the sun itself

as it blazes over the hills,

like a million flowers on fire —

clearly I’m not needed,

yet I feel myself turning

into something of inexplicable value.

Slowly, beneath the branches,

he raised his head.

He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

Mary Oliver

Odilon Redon (Buddha in His Youth)

~ gratitude to Louis Osofsky for this pairing of poem and painting