'Dawning' by Christiane Conésa-Bostock | States of Poetry Tasmania - Series Two

The fly lands on the schoolboy's wooden desk.
The boy spots four dark strokes on the fly's thorax
and a body slightly downy.
                                             Like his.
Sunbeam plays on translucent wings.

He is mesmerised by those bulging red eyes
that bestow, through a multitude of images,
a 360-degree view of the world
complete with movement.

He must go beyond caricatures.

To make an impression he needs
to capture the transient effect of light upon colour
to paint en plein air
to use
textured brush strokes
thousands of taches
that will exhibit but only at some distance
the splendour of Harfleur.

That he will do.

Christiane Conésa-Bostock


[French version]


La mouche se pose sur le pupitre en bois de l’écolier.
Le garçon distingue quatre stries foncées sur le thorax de la mouche
et un corps légèrement velu.
                                                                 Comme le sien.
Un rayon de soleil badine sur les ailes cristallines.

Il est envoûté par ces yeux rouges protubérants
qui permettent, à travers une multitude d’ images,
de voir le monde à 360 degrés
et à en discerner les mouvements.

 Il ne doit plus s’en tenir à des caricatures.

 Pour faire une impression il doit
capturer l’effet éphémère de la lumière sur la couleur
peindre en plein air
des coups de pinceaux impastos
des milliers de touches
qui dévoileront mais seulement à une certaine distance
la splendeur de Harfleur.

Et cela il le fera.

Christiane Conésa-Bostock

Christiane Conésa-Bostock

Christiane Conésa-Bostock

Christiane Conésa-Bostock was born in Lyon, France and has lived in Hobart since the 1970s. Christiane, along with The Grove Road Poets (Karen Knight, Liz Mc Quilkin, Liz Winfield, and Megan Schaffner), won First Prize in the Fellowship of Australian Writers competition in 2010 with their book Of Things being Various which was published in 2011.Christiane’s solo poetry collection De passage de France en Tasmanie was published in 2011. Her poems, essays, and stories have explored the migration experience. She has been published online, in literary reviews and books in France, Australia, the United States, and Algeria. She has read her poems at various venues in Australia and in Paris. She is presently working on a collection of poems based on Claude Monet’s paintings.

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