Rothko: Untitled No. 11

you imagine you can walk right into his painting
and follow those secret hues to their logical conclusions

such a simple concept:
a band of ebony
on a moonless field
and yet no one had thought of it before

did he give up on testimony when
he gave up on gods?
what did he see
when he looked at the unmarked canvas?
that burst of light
must have come from somewhere

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