March 30, 2005
I was speaking yesterday of the Pope’s dignity in the face of death. I was speaking of the eloquence of his communication in the absence of speech. I alluded (through the link to a NYT Week In Review piece on Sunday) to the possible irony — given the Schiavo case — of Karol Wojtyla going on a feeding tube. And, simply as metaphor, I spoke of the Pope having a window right now to provide us something vital.
As dedicated as I am to the analysis of news photos, I don’t think this image gracing today’s newswire begs much interpretation. I just find it moving. The eyes seeking our eyes just inside the shadow. The partial face, set in unending blackness, barely holding its own above the otherwise-wordly rich crimson bunting. And that curtain. So white, and so receptive to the breeze. Like someone ready to set sail.
(image /Pier Paolo Cito/AP in YahooNews)