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Monday, May 12, 2014

about time

On a grey day I find the Forsythia to be especially enchanting. It soon will be gone, so I made the time, to respond one last time, en plein air.

 May, last of the Forsythia, oil on canvas, 11x14in
copyright Jan Yates, 2014. available (300, secure online payment via paypal, shipping arranged)
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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.

1 comment:

  1. Bonjour,
    La peinture de ce forsythia est lumineuse... Un bel hommage à Demoiselle Printemps. J'aime toutes vos nuances de jaune qui jouent...
    Gros bisous ♡