dangerous beauty

By Claude Monet; Venice at dusk


We danced our youth
in a dreamed-of city
Venice
Paradise proud and pretty
We lived for love and lust and beauty
Pleasure then our only duty
Floating then 'twixt heaven and earth
And drunk on plenty's blessed mirth
We thought ourselves eternal then
Our glory sealed by God's own pen

-part of the opening poem of the movie Dangerous Beauty-