Musings on an April Wednesday

Musings in Spring: William Butler Yeats

“One loses, as one grows older, something of the lightness of one’s dreams; one begins to take life up in both hands, and to care more for the fruit than the flower, and that is no great loss perhaps.”

Art for Spring – Part I of V: Hamilton Aguiar (Brazilian, contemporary)

Below – “Blue”

A Poem for Today

“Just Red”
By Anya Silver

I stand in Walgreens while my mother sleeps.
The store is fluorescent and almost empty.
My father is ailing in a nursing home,
my friend is dying in the hospital.
What I want tonight is lipstick.
As pure a red as I can find—no coral
undertones, no rust or fawn. Just red.
Ignoring the salespeople, I untwist tubes
and scrawl each color on my wrist,
till the blue veins beneath my skin
disappear behind smeared bars. I select one.
Back in my mother’s apartment, silence.
I limn my lips back out of my wan face.
There they are again: smacky and wanting.

Art for Spring – Part II of V: Eric Aho (American, contemporary)

Below – “Soft Evening Sky”

A Second Poem for Today

“All the Questions”
By Robert Tremmel

When you step through
the back door
into the kitchen
father is still
sitting at the table
with a newspaper
folded open
in front of him
and pen raised, working
the crossword puzzle.

In the living room
mother is sleeping
her peaceful sleep
at last, in a purple
robe, with her head
back, slippered feet
up and twisted
knuckle hands crossed
right over left
in her lap.

Through the south window
in your old room
you see leaves
on the giant ash tree
turning yellow again
in setting sun
and falling slowly
to the ground and one
by one all the questions
you ever had become clear.

Number one across:
a four-letter word
for no longer.

Number one down:
an eleven letter word
for gone.

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Paul Aizpiri (French, 1919-2016)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Spring: Aleksandar Hemon

“The hopeless hope is one of the early harbingers of spring, bespeaking an innocent belief that the world might right its wrongs and reverse its curses simply because the trees are coming into leaf.”

Below – Claude Monet: “Spring in Giverny”

Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Karl Albert (American, 1911-2007)

Below – “Desert in Bloom”

A Third Poem for Today

“That New”
By Susan Rothbard

At the market today, I look for Piñata
apples, their soft-blush-yellow. My husband
brought them home last week, made me guess at
the name of this new strain, held one in his hand
like a gift and laughed as I tried all
the names I knew: Gala, Fuji, Honey
Crisp—watched his face for clues—what to call
something new? It’s winter, only tawny
hues and frozen ground, but that apple bride
was sweet, and I want to bring it back to him,
that new. When he cut it, the star inside
held seeds of other stars, the way within
a life are all the lives you might live,
each unnamed, until you name it.

Art for Spring – Part V of V: Juergen Aldag (German, 1955-2006)

Below – “Leopard”

Musings in Spring: Paul Bogard

“These are maybe the most exciting stars, those just above where sky meets land and ocean, because we so seldom see them, blocked as they usually are by atmosphere…and, as I grow more and more accustomed to the dark, I realize that what I thought were still clouds straight overhead aren’t clearing and aren’t going to clear, because these are clouds of stars, the Milky Way come to join me. There’s the primal recognition, my soul saying, yes, I remember.”

American Art – Roy Ahlgren

In the words of one writer, “Roy Ahlgren American Artist: b. 1927 – 2011. American Printmaker, painter and instructor, Roy Ahlgren was born in Erie, PA. He earned a BS in art education at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a designer for Marx Toy Company. He also taught at Edinboro University and Erie Technical Memorial High School. His work is in permanent collections of: the US Information Agency in Washington DC; the Butler Art Institute in Youngstown, OH; the Minneapolis Museum of Art; the Seattle Art Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fredrikstad, Norway; and other museums in Japan, Poland, Viet Nam, Brazil and the Netherlands.”

Below – “Confluence”; “Passage”; “Op A Go Go”; “Creekside”; “Chautauqua Bell Tower”; “Frontier Park.”

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