Just Another Rainy Wednesday in the Pacific Northwest

A Poem for Today

“There is no Frigate like a Book”
By Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.

Art for Spring – Part I of III: Jamie Wyeth (American, contemporary)

Below – “The Sea, Watched”

Musings in Spring: Amy Leach

“FIREFLAKES: The stars; as transitory as snowflakes only their transitoriness is protracted.”

Art for Spring – Part II of III: Vladimir Ilich Nekrasov (Russian, 1924-1998)

Below – “Pensioners”

A Second Poem for Today

“maggie and milly and molly and may”
By E. E. Cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.

Art for Spring – Part III of III: Gerhard Nesvadba (German, contemporary)

Below – “Spring in Bloom”

Musings in Spring: William David Hannah

“And now, I needed the stars. Not the explosive ones that hurled out tongues of gas and, along with gravity, hammered out the planets. I needed the comforting ones that twinkled like a childhood song, that spun about my head, my head alone as I watched them. I was the ‘one who knows’ after all. I was…consciousness.”

Contemporary British Art – Kevin Day

In the words of one writer, “Kevin’s work can best be described as figurative narrative and he is renowned for capturing the mood of the moment.”

Below – “Father and Son”; “Incline Sunset”; “Memories of Giants”; “Watching Lonely Streets”; “The Meeting Place”; “Station Light.”

A Third Poem for Today

“Small Item”
By William Stafford

A tumbleweed that was trying,
all along through Texas, failed
and became a wraith one winter
in a fence beyond Las Vegas.

All you fortunate in this town
walking, turning, being so sure,
and catching yourselves before ruin,
graceful and intent on your own –

In the space between your triumphs,
the tumbleweed, missing and trying,
flickered out there, haphazard, with grace too,
flared beautifully wasted at random.

Contemporary American Art – Karla Murray

In the words of one writer, “Karla Murray’s work can be categorized within genre of strict Photorealism although the intimacy she is able to achieve through her subject and convey to the viewer, creating a personal and emotional connection to the natural world, is often belied by her deft technical abilities.
Murray has always been an artist and like the migratory birds she depicts, her life and career have taken her to various locations; from Florida and Pennsylvania to Arizona, California and Colorado, she has participated in numerous fine art shows while placing pieces in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.”

Below – “Electric Blue, Indigo Bunting”; “Fog Rolling In”; “Cherries in July, Black-capped Chickadee”; “Golden Light, Prairie Warbler”; “Hop, Flit, and Flash, Golden-hooded Tanager”; “Riding the Wind, Thayer’s Gull”; “The State Bird of Kansas, Western Meadowlark.”

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