Monday Morning in the Rain

Musings in Spring: Galileo Galilei

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

Art for Spring – Part I of V: Lea Avizedek (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Women in Red”

Musings in Spring: Victor Hugo

“What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty on a mountain.”

Art for Spring – Part II of V: John Axton (American, contemporary)

Below – “Lakota Territory”

A Poem for Today

By Kim Dower

“I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom,”

breezy, floral, dancing with color
soft, silky, flows as I walk
Easter Sunday and you always liked

to get dressed, go for brunch, “maybe
there’s a good movie playing somewhere?”
Wrong religion, we were not church-goers,

but New Yorkers who understood the value
of a parade down 5th Avenue, bonnets
in lavender, powder blues, pinks, hues

of spring, the hope it would bring.
We had no religion but we did have
noodle kugel, grandparents, dads

who could fix fans, reach the china
on the top shelf, carve the turkey.
That time has passed. You were the last

to go, mom, and I still feel bad I never
got dressed up for you like you wanted me to.
I had things, things to do. But today in L.A.—

hot the way you liked it—those little birds
you loved to see flitting from tree to tree—
just saw one, a twig in its mouth, preparing

a bed for its baby—might still be an egg,
I wish you were here. I’ve got a closet filled
with dresses I need to show you.

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Guillaime Azoulay (Moroccan, contemporary)

Below – “Fugue”

Musings in Spring: Toni Morrison

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”

Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Walter Bachinski (Canadian, contemporary)

Below – “Cuernavaca Lilies”

A Second Poem for Today

Deer Descending
By Philip Terman

Perhaps she came down for the apples,
or was flushed out by the saws powering
the far woods, or was simply lost,
or was crossing one open space for another.

She was a figure approaching, a presence
outside a kitchen window, framed
by the leafless apple trees, the stiff blueberry bushes,
the after-harvest corn, the just-before-rain sky,

a shape only narrow bones could hold,
turning its full face upward, head tilted to one side, as if to speak.

I want my life back.

Morning settles around her like a silver coat.
Rustling branches, hooves in flight.

Art for Spring – Part V of V: A.E. Backus (American, 1906-1995)

Below – “Untitled Portrait of a Woman Circa 1930”

Musings in Spring: Vijali Hamilton

“If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat.” 

Contemporary American Art – Anne Bachelier

In the words of one writer, “Metamorphosis, transition, and evolution provide the common threads of the art of Anne Bachelier. The artist captivates her audience with compelling, highly imaginative images that are distinct, unique, inventive and immediately recognizable. Her metaphysical, dream-like fantasies evoke feelings simultaneously powerful, peaceful, and protective. This unique “other” world, untouched by time or place reminds the viewer of the eternal dance of transformation and regeneration.”

Below – “Waking”; Untitled; “Limprecateur”; “The Cardinal Bird”; Untitled; “Alice with Cards.”

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