A Few Notes on a Rainy Day

Musings in Spring: Joseph Campbell

“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.”

Art for Spring – Part I of IV: Alice Makarova (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Irises”

Musings in Spring: George Santayana

“We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.”

Art for Spring – Part II of IV: Dmitry Margolin (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Portrait of Eva”

A Poem for Today

“Is This the Lark!”
By Joseph Ausländer

Is this the lark
Lord Shakespeare heard
Out of the dark
Of dawn! Is this the bird
That stirred
Lord Shakespeare’s heart!

Is this the bird whose wing,
Whose rapturous antheming,
Rose up, soared radiant, became
Sharp flame
To Shelley listening
And made him sing,
Throbbing alone, aloof, feveredly apart,
His profuse strains of unpremeditated art!

To think that I should hear him now
Telling that single fiery rift of heaven a wild lark comes! …
The fresh cool scent of earth yearns at the plough;
In short keen rapid flurries the woodpecker drums….
To think that I should hear that mad thing sliding
Along a smoking opal ladder!
Hear that inevitable deluge of music riding
Into the sun, richer now—fainter now—madder!
To think that I should hear and know
The song that Shelley heard, and Shakespeare, long ago!

Art for Spring – Part III of IV: Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009)

Below – “Fence Line”

A Second Poem for Today

By Soin

“How fragile, how ephemeral in flight
This life —
for instance: butterfly, alight!”

Art for Spring – Part IV of IV: Krystii Melaine (American, contemporary)

Below – “Thunder Horse”

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