After Cézanne

by Samuel De Lemos

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There’s a hill on the way

To Morgan Hill

On Highway 101,

Whose majestic reach

on a clear blue day,

Is seen for miles.

I’ve always admired that

Mountain top and fancied

In my heart—to paint its

Breathtaking visage.

It makes me think of Cézanne,

Who devoted himself to

rendering Mont Sainte-Victoire, in

Province, France.

Cézanne,

Reduced his mountain to a

Modernist object.

I don’t have such

Lofty ideals,

I just want to pay homage to

Mount El Toro.

A California landmark—

And leave it,

Exactly

As it is.

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