King François I of France invited Leonardo Da Vinci to move to Amboise, where he lived in a splendid house within walking distance of the Chåteau de Amboise. Polish Poet Adam Zagajewski wrote a poem musing on Leonardo’s last act on the Loire in France.
He lives in France now, calmer and much weaker. He is the jewel in the crown. Favored with the monarch’s friendship. The Loire rolls its waters slowly. He considers the projects he left unfinished. His right hand, half-paralyzed, has already departed. His left would also like to take its leave. And his heart, and his whole body. Islands of light still stand sentry.