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Sunday, April 24, 2011

What is it about an Orchard?

Some keep the Sabbath going to the Church 
I keep it, staying at Home 
With a Bobolink for a Chorister 
And an Orchard, for a Dome

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice
I just wear my Wings 
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton — sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman 
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last 
I'm going, all along.
Emily Dickinson

April, Waiting for May
oil on canvas
30x36in, 2011



  1. This is beautiful painting! and a wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson!
    (Then there is another one by her - why do they keep me out of heaven? did I stay too long?)

  2. Blossom is sublime. You might like Samuel Palmer's In a Shoreham Garden... here's the link if you've not come across it:

  3. An interesting painting Jan, the values are quite close together. It has the look of a french impressionist painting. I was looking for a bird in the tree! Lovely work Jan and the poem is good too.

  4. I must apologize and am embarrassed for misquoting Dickinson - the first verse of the poem (set to music by Aaron Copland), actually goes as follows:
    Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
    Did I sing too loud?
    But I can sing a little minor,
    Timid as a bird.

    Again, your painting is very beautiful!

  5. I should have known you would like Emily Dickinson. She was always high on my list. I studied American history and literature as part of my UK degree course and I loved it. The painting is your usual vibrant, deep swirl of emotions. Love it. It's spring.