Wandering in Woodacre – 27 September 2020

Contemporary Russian Art – Yuliia Meniailova

Below – “Geese meet me”; “Irises and Lilacs”; “Sunflowers”; “Bullfinch”; “Birch trees”; “Still life with lemon.”

A Poem for Today

“Removing the Dross”
by Thomas R. Moore

After snowstorms my father
shoveled the driveway where it lay
open to a sweep of wind across

a neighbor’s field, where the snow
drifted half way down to the paved
road, before snow-blowers, before

pick-ups cruised the streets with
THE BOSS lettered on red plows.
He heated the flat shovel

in the woodstove till the blade
steamed, like Vulcan at his furnace
removing the dross, then rubbed

a hissing candle on the steel
so the snow would slide unchecked
as he made each toss. He marked

blocks with the waxed blade, lifted
and tossed, lifted and tossed again,
squaring off against the snow.

Contemporary Canadian Art – Martine Chasse

Below – “À l’aube d’une nouvelle saison”; “Regenerescence”; À la rencontre de la nature”; “Saisir l’instant”; “Beatitude.”

A Poem for Today

“The House on the Hill”
by Edwin Arlington Robinson

They are all gone away,
The House is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.

Through broken walls and gray
The winds blow bleak and shrill:
They are all gone away.

Nor is there one to-day
To speak them good or ill:
There is nothing more to say.

Why is it then we stray
Around the sunken sill?
They are all gone away,

And our poor fancy-play
For them is wasted skill:
There is nothing more to say.

There is ruin and decay
In the House on the Hill:
They are all gone away,
There is nothing more to say.

Below – Pinky Peralta: “A House on a Hill”

Contemporary American Art – Amy Bernays: Part I of II.

Below – “Kennedy Meadows Half in Winter”; “Five Bar”; “Beach Babes”; “Glee”; “The Nest”; “Windswept Cowboy.”

A Poem for Today

“Dust of Snow”
by Robert Frost”

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Below – Madeleine Brolly: “Crow in Snow Woods”

Contemporary American Art – Amy Bernays: Part II of II.

Below – “The Riding Lesson”; “Pooh Stick”; “Cowboy Mama”; “White Horses”; “The Opening Door”; “The Great Escape.”

A Poem for Today

“What lips my lips have kissed and whey”
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

Below – Thomas Lamb: “Tree in the Snow”

Contemporary British Art – Jonathan Collins

Below – “Figures on the beach”; “Thistles”; “Waterloo Station at Twilight”; “The Pond at West End, Esher, UK”; “Surrey Hills from Polesden Lacey”; “The River Mole at Cobham, Surrey, UK.”

A Poem for Today

“You are tired, (I think)”
by e. e. Cummings

You are tired,
(I think)
Of the always puzzle of living and doing;
And so am I.

Come with me, then,
And we’ll leave it far and far away —
(Only you and I, understand!)

You have played,
(I think)
And broke the toys you were fondest of,
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and —
Just tired.
So am I.

But I come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
And knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart —
Open to me!
For I will show you the places Nobody knows,
And, if you like,
The perfect places of Sleep.

Ah, come with me!
I’ll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
That floats forever and a day;
I’ll sing you the jacinth song
Of the probable stars;
I will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
Until I find the Only Flower,
Which shall keep (I think) your little heart
While the moon comes out of the sea.

Below – Goran Petmil: “Night and the Moon”

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