Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Wreath

Watercolor on archival paper, 6" x 6"
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A beautiful poem by Mary Oliver:

Next Time

Next time what I'd do is look at
the earth before saying anything. I'd stop
just before going into a house
and be an emperor for a minute
and listen better to the wind
    or to the air being still.

When anyone talked to me, whether
blame or praise or just passing time,
I'd watch the face, how the mouth
has to work, and see any strain, any
sign of what lifted the voice.

And for all, I'd know more -- the earth
bracing itself and soaring, the air
finding every leaf and feather over
forest and water, and for every person
the body glowing inside the clothes
    like a light.

~ Mary Oliver


Katherine said...

Beautiful painting, beautiful poem.

SamArtDog said...

What Katherine said.

dani said...

wow, what wonderful paintings - a million times better than a lot of the paintings i come across on blogs. On a very basic level i would draw comparsisons with Edward Hopper, but actually there is something more Cezanne like in your beautiful use of colour.

shirley fachilla said...

I think either Cezanne or Manet painted a house like this with a tree almost right in the middle. It worked just as it works here.
Thank you for Mary Oliver. It's a lovely poem.
And I so agree with the sentiments of your prior post, it's the ordinary that can be the most beautiful of all.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Katherine.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sam--and thanks again to Katherine. :^)

Don Gray said...

Welcome to my blog, Dani, and thank you for the high compliment--I can actually feel my head swelling.

Don Gray said...

Thanks a lot, Shirley. It is a fine poem, isn't it? Mary Oliver's work always resonates with me.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Mary Oliver is a local poet from Provincetown.
Nice to see her work on your blog.

Bingom painting said...

I know Mary Oliver and this is one of her special songs that i like the most. Still it's hard for me to understand how you connect the song with the painting.