Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 16 August 1678 – Andrew Marvell, an English poet, satirist, and politician.
“To His Coy Mistress”
by Andrew Marvell
Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.
Below – William Adolphe Bouguereau: “The Proposal”
Below – “Landscape”; “Transfigurations”; “Abstract Mixed Media on Canvas”
Art for Summer – Part II of III: Annie Leibovitz (American, contemporary)
Below – “Pete Seeger, Clearwater Revival, Croton-on-Hudson, New York (Banjo) 2001” (photograph); “Whiz Kids: Scorcese, Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola 1996” (photograph); “Keith Haring Cibachrome Print 1986”
Remembering a Writer on the date of His Birth: Born 16 August 1920 – Charles Bukowski, a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.
“The Japanese Wife”
by Charles Bukowski
O lord, he said, Japanese women,
real women, they have not forgotten,
bowing and smiling
closing the wounds men have made;
but American women will kill you like they
tear a lampshade,
American women care less than a dime,
they’ve gotten derailed,
they’re too nervous to make good:
always scowling, belly-aching,
but oh lord, say, the Japanese women:
there was this one,
I came home and the door was locked
and when I broke in she broke out the bread knife
and chased me under the bed
and her sister came
and they kept me under that bed for two days,
and when I came out, at last,
she didn’t mention attorneys,
just said, you will never wrong me again,
and I didn’t; but she died on me,
and dying, said, you can wrong me now,
and I did,
but you know, I felt worse then
than when she was living;
there was no voice, no knife,
nothing but little Japanese prints on the wall,
all those tiny people sitting by red rivers
with flying green birds,
and I took them down and put them face down
in a drawer with my shirts,
and it was the first time I realized
that she was dead, even though I buried her;
and some day I’ll take them all out again,
all the tan-faced little people
sitting happily by their bridges and huts
but not right now,
not just yet.
Below (all bronze) – “Vacant Thunder”; “Sassy”; “Knothead Ballet”
This Date in Art History: Died 16 August 2004 – Carl Mydans, an American photographer.
Below – Boy Sitting on a Bed in Oil Boom Town of Freer, Texas, 1937; Douglas MacArthur coming ashore on Lingayen, Philippines, 1944; Cafe in Pikesville, Tennessee, 1936; A Young Japanese-American playing a guitar in the the Tule Lake Internment Center, California; Italians in Refugee Camp; Homestead children coming home from school, Decatur Homesteads, Indiana, 1936.
Remembering an Influential Economist on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 August 1911 – E. F. Schumacher, a German economist, statistician, and author of “Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered.”
Some quotes from the work of E. F. Schumacher:
“Anyone who thinks consumption can expand forever on a finite planet is either insane or an economist.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.”
“Development does not start with goods; it starts with people and their education, organization, and discipline. Without these three, all resources remain latent, untapped, potential.”
“Is there enough to go around? What is enough? Who can tell us? Certainly not the economist who pursues economic growth as the highest of all values, and therefore has no concept of enough.”
“At present, there can be little doubt that the whole of mankind is in mortal danger, not because we are short of scientific and technological know-how, but because we tend to use it destructively, without wisdom. More education can help us only if produces more wisdom.”
“The purpose of work is to give people a chance to utilize and develop their faculties; to enable them to overcome their ego-centeredness by joining others in a common task; and to bring for the goods and services needed for a becoming existence.”
“The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The philosophy of unbridled materialism is being challenged by events.”
“Man’s needs are infinite, and infinitude can be achieved only in the spiritual realm, never in the material.”
“It is doubly chimerical to build peace on economic foundations which, in turn, rest on the systematic cultivation of greed and envy, the very forces which drive men into conflict.”
“I cannot predict the wind but I can have my sail ready.”
“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”
Below – “The Brothers”; “Spring and Autumn” (stained glass window); “Miss Ginnie and Polly”; “Boy and His Dog”; “Sisters”; “Self Portrait.”