In Lucy West’s painting, a herd of flaming horses
traverses the cosmos. As I stop and stare, they strike me -
these blazing stallions charging through the constellations!
Their gracious gallop commands my attention, they speak
to me; Behold my grandeur, for I was created perfectly.
Their boldness, their beauty commands my gaze;
A glorious parade of nature’s majesty burning through
the cosmos: It is then that I realise that we were all born
with the same grandeur.
We can all burn through the mind’s cynical self-criticism.
I look beyond the horses, and explore the whole painting:
One might be tempted to say the luminous blue contrasts,
the fiery orange, claiming it symbolises light shining
through the dark. It does, but the painting means more.
There are stars in all these spaces: a grouping of galaxies
occupying one space for all eternity – that is what we are.
Our time on earth is temporary, but our stories
can last forever. So dare to be free and dare to dream.
When your time on earth is over, your legacy
will last through the ages as a blazing supernova.
Luke McNamara is from Worcester and has a passion for writing poetry that encourages people to see their inner beauty! Reading literature is an escape for him, he believes it can unify people through feeling and experience and hopes that his poetry encourages people to love themselves!