Both pieces are Prayers from inside the Ark, which I have blogged about before. The inspiration is a selection of poems by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold called Prières dans l'Arche. This time, they are the prayers of the glow-worm (prière du ver luisant) and the butterfly (prière du papillon).
The picture opposite is A young woman playing a viola da gamba by Gerrit Van Honthorst (1592 - 1656). He was a prolific artist, who cultivated the style of Caravaggio, often tavern scenes with musicians, gamblers and people eating. He had great skill at chiaroscuro, often painting scenes illuminated by a single candle.
These two prayers are from the scatter-brained butterfly and the feeble glow-worm who says, ‘My God, won’t you move your light a little further away? I am just a cinder, and my heart can only shine at night: a feeble star of hope to show a gleam of joy to other hearts. So be it – Amen.’
The butterfly prays, ‘Lord! Where was I? Oh yes! This flower, the sun – thank you. Creation is beautiful, the scent of roses… Where was I? Dew rolls fiery joy into the heart of a lily. I must go… but where, I don’t know. The wind has painted its fantasies on my wings. Where was I? Oh yes Lord, I have something to tell you.’