Henri II and Catherine de Médicis

The Weekly Photo Challenge is:

Close. It’s a feeling, it’s a proximity…it’s people, it’s a place, it’s objects. They’re close. 

Share a picture that means CLOSE to you!

Visiting recently the Basilica of Saint Denis, near Paris, I was struck by the beauty of couples represented over the tombs they were buried in. They are close to each other, and lots of them have even dogs represented at their feet, as symbol of their faithfulness and closeness in life.

Close, forever

Wow, Christine, from The Book Trunk commented and gave reference to An Arundel Tomb, a poem by Philip Larkin:

Side by side, their faces blurred,
The earl and countess lie in stone,
Their proper habits vaguely shown
As jointed armour, stiffened pleat,
And that faint hint of the absurd—
The little dogs under their feet.
Such faithfulness in effigy
Was just a detail friends would see
Rigidly they

Persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths

Of time.

The stone fidelity

They hardly meant has come to be
Their final blazon, and to prove
Our almost-instinct almost true:
What will survive of us is love.
You can read and listen to the whole poem here. Thanks again Christine!



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