20 May 2017 – A Sunny Sunday

Musings in Spring: Robert Frost

“A good book has no ending”

Art for Spring – Part I of VI: Shari Hatchett Bohlmann (American, contemporary)

Below – “Heart of San Francisco (CA)”

A Poem for Today

“In the Dark”
By Penny Harter

At bedtime, my grandson’s breath
rasps in and out of fragile lungs.
Holding the nebulizer mask
over his nose and mouth,
I rock him on my lap and hum
a lullaby to comfort him.

The nebulizer hisses as steroids
stream into his struggling chest,
and suddenly he also starts to hum,
his infant voice rising and falling
on the same few notes—some hymn
he must have learned while in the womb
or carried here from where he was before—
a kind of plainsong, holy and hypnotic
in the dark.

Below – Rio Villegas – “Lullaby”

Art for Spring – Part II of VI: James Boissett (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Summerlight Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia”

Musings in Spring: Gladys Taber

“Traveling is all very well if you can get home at night. I would be willing to go around the world if I could be back in time to light the candles and set the table for dinner.”

Art for Spring – Part III of VI: Chen Bolan (British, contemporary)

Below – “Nude with Brown Drape”

Musings in Spring: Philip Larkin

“Uncontradicting solitude
Supports me on its giant palm;
And like a sea-anemone
Or simple snail, there cautiously
Unfolds, emerges, what I am.”

Art for Spring – Part IV of VI: Douglas Bond (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

A Second Poem for Today

“Father and Daughter”
By Amanda Strand

The wedding ring I took off myself,
his wife wasn’t up to it.
I brought the nurse into the room
in case he jumped or anything.
“Can we turn his head?
He looks so uncomfortable.”
She looked straight at me,
patiently waiting for it to sink in.

The snow fell.
His truck in the barn,
his boots by the door,
flagpoles empty.
It took a long time for the taxi to come.
“Where to?” he said.
“My father just died,” I said.
As if it were a destination.

Art for Spring – Part V of VI: Craig Bone (Rhodesian, contemporary)

Below – “Ghosts of Etosha”

A Third Poem for Today

“Vacation”
By William Stafford

One scene as I bow to pour her coffee:-
 
          Three Indians in the scouring drouth
          Huddle at the grave scooped in the gravel,
          Lean to the wind as our train goes by.
          Someone is gone.
          There is dust on everything in Nevada.
 
I pour the cream.

Art for Spring – Part VI of VI: Gabriel Bonmati (Quebecois, contemporary)

Below – “Et Jour Soupire”

Musings in Spring: Jack London

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

American Art – Richard Diebenkorn

In the words of one writer, “Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) was an American painter. His early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His later work (best known as the ‘Ocean Park’ paintings) were instrumental to his achievement of worldwide acclaim.”

Below – “Ocean Park No. 129”; “Cityscape I”; “Ashtray and Doors”; “Beach”; “Woman on Porch”; Untitled; “Large Still Life”; “Seated Woman.”

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