Caravaggio’s last painting – The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula 1610
We both hold on to the darkness –
painting canvases seeped in sanguine.
Red is the color of my cheeks
as I blush when our finger tips brush.
Do you not see what I’ve buried deep,
has dug itself out to find me?
Feel how my fears quake
as the waking sun’s rays illuminate.
It’s light that blinds,
yet all the while pretends to mend.
I clutch fast to the shadows
and nod in acquiescence.
*Michelangelo Amerighi da Caravaggio is considered to be the greatest Italian painter of the Seventeenth Century. Arrogant, hot-headed, and extremely talented, he would cause turbulence wherever he would go. It is said that his last painting, The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, was painted while Caravaggio bled from a deep wound to his face. A vengeful knight had sliced him with a sword, and he was literally bleeding as he worked on the painting. Only a few months later, Caravaggio would be dead at the age of thirty-one due to what historians surmise as malaria. I suppose he angered the mosquitoes, as well!