Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. I spend hours in the large room that displays eight or ten of Breugel’s best known paintings (The Peasant Wedding, Saul on the Road to Damascus, Hunters in the Snow, Peasant Dance, and so on), reading the paintings, making copious notes about the motif of standing in the paintings.
At one point, restless and wary of the crowd that has just arrived with a guide, I slip into a row of interconnected smaller rooms, come across a board standing in a glass case. Hieronymus Bosch: a naked boy walking with the aid of a little stroller on one side of the board and Christ carrying a cross on the other side.
I sketch a poem in my notebook:
Sweet little Jesus,
Sweet little naked Jesus,
Sweet little boy with a quizzical face,
Sweet little upright Jesus on two little legs.
Thank God for the triune stroller.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Lift you from four legs in the morning.
Final steps, steps sans stroller.