catchlight… (16/March/18)

catchlight…
… caught in the artists brush, conveyed to canvas either deliberately or by accident, an unintended consequence or with an intention whose outcome until the moment remains uncertain… and then…… beyond a skill learned, catchlight is… the inexplicable, rarely attainable although sometimes, sometimes… there, there it is, perfection in a flaw, just before the exhale, there, there it is, stray serendipity…… catchlight…… where attraction lies… the unexpected, uncontrived, not learned, not procedure, not even experience, just… it happens or it doesn’t… lightning in a bottle?… or in a fist, open it it’s gone, was it ever there?…… no step-by-step, colour-by-numbers, how-to guide, no rules of engagement, no prescription… a glimmer in the eye, a hint on the skin, timbre in a voice, a moments inattention…… it’s an accident waiting to happen, a slip of the tongue, a glancing blow, a seemingly inconsequential aside… an unclaimed asymmetry……

© 2018 robert greig