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Monday, June 13, 2011

Another Raven and a Poem

    5x7 inches, acrylic and collage on mat board

    The weather here has finally decided to play nice.  The sun is shining, the sky is blue with only a few clouds, the breeze is comfortable.  No fierce winds, no pounding rain, no sauna-like heat and humidity.  I have a high school friend coming to visit, and a figure drawing studio this evening.  The world looks a little better today.

    I've been reading a book of poetry by Linda Pastan called Traveling Light.  I got it from out library, but may need a copy for myself.  She speaks to me in the same way that Mary Oliver does, about nature, family, thoughts of mortality.  I thought I'd save one before I return the volume.

    After a Month of Rain
    by Linda Pastan

    Everything I thought I wanted
    is right here,
    particularly when the sun
    is making such a comeback,

    and the lilac engorged
    with purple has recovered
    from its severe pruning,
    and you will be back soon

    to dispel whatever it is
    that overtakes me like leaf blight,
    even on a day like this.  I can still
    hear the remnants of rain

    in the swollen stream
    beyond the house, in the faint
    dripping under the eves,
    persistent as memory.

    And all the things I didn't think
    I wanted, cut like the lilac back
    to the root, push up again
    from underground.

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