A Sunny Sunday in May 2017

Musings in Spring: May Oliver

“Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?”

Art for Spring – Part I of V: Palyn Beaulieu (American, contemporary)

Below – “White Water Lilies”

A Poem for Today

By Michael McFee

He stood on his stoop
and clapped her sneakers together
hard, a sharp report,
smacking right sole against left,
trying to shock the mud
from each complicated tread,
spanking those expensive footprints
until clay flakes and plugs
ticked onto the boxwood’s leaves
like a light filthy sleet
from the rubber craters and crannies
where they stuck weeks ago,
until her shoes were banged clean
though that didn’t stop
his stiff-armed slow-motion applause
with her feet’s emptied gloves,
slapping mate against mate
without missing a beat,
half-wishing that hollow sound
echoing off their neighbors’ houses
could call her back.

Art for Spring – Part II of V: Mark Richard Beaulieu (American, contemporary)

Below – “Sand and Rock Striation”

Musings in Spring: Rollo May

“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don’t find themselves at all.”

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Rosemarie Beck (American, 1923-2003)

Below – Untitled Embroidered Mythology Tapestry

A Second Poem for Today

By Issa

In the cherry blossom’s shade
there’s no such thing
as a stranger.

Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Hans Becker (German, 1930-2013)

Below – “Garden Lakeside”

A Third Poem for Today

“Comings and Goings”
By Glenna Luschei

In Tucson
when a university student
goes home
she might leave her desk
and a chair, a bookcase outside her cave
with a sign, “Take me.”

And who could resist
heat radiating over furniture
like a mirage? You hoist
an old Victrola into your pickup
and ratchet up a new song.

You start that life in the West,
invent a past, and when that tune
winds down, it’s okay to put out,
“Take me.”

What do we have in life
but comings and goings?

Below – James West: “A Teal Truck in Taos”

Art for Spring – Part V of V: Anatoly Belkin (Russian, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Spring: Rainer Maria Rilke

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”

Contemporary American Art – Charles Becker

In the words of one writer, “This active, single father of four who resides in Northern California is truly a person anyone would enjoy to get to know. His lifestyle mirrors his work as he shows enthusiasm and passion in everything he says and does. Often he includes interesting details in his work, you just have to look closely to find all of the hidden treasures. One cannot appreciate the true conveyance of feeling in his work by just a mere glance. The more that is studied, the more that is revealed. This is the deeper meaning of Charles Becker.”

Below – “Orange Floral”; “For Love”; “Reflections”; “Watermelon”; “Windmill”; “Deep Center.”

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