Memoirs of a Saint II

after Rene Magritte’s Les mémoires d’un saint, 1960


Daniel Hudon





What if at the beach one day,

with a long, long stretch

of your arm, you peel off

the horizon without letting

         the clouds




or the waves


you roll it up like a mural

and take it home

under your arm?

What then?


What if your mural

became the lining for a set

of red velvet curtains

that you tied

with a red velvet rope

and stood on end

in an empty room

in your house until you figured out

where you could un-

furl such a masterpiece again?


And what if a few days later

you came back to the room

in the middle of the night

because you heard


          a sound


and you saw the curtains



their ends opening

to reveal inside

the billowed white clouds


                   in the sky

and curled along the bottom,

diligent and true,

the windblown waves

          galloping in?


And what if, after being tied so tightly,

the curtains

still showed a slight

depression at the waist?

Would you be surprised?

Would you concede

that we create the world?

What then?









Originally from Canada, Daniel Hudon is an adjunct lecturer in math, astronomy and physics.  He writes nonfiction, fiction and poetry.  He is the author of The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books, London) and a chapbook of prose and poetry Evidence for Rainfall (Pen and Anvil, Boston).  His new book, Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader (Pen and Anvil), was named a “Must Read” in the 2019 Mass Book Awards.  He can be found at, @daniel_hudon and in Boston, MA.