Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Still Life with Fruit
Whenever I get together with these four grandchildren (ages 3-9) we have at least one watercolor painting session. They usually do Abstract Expressionism, but this time the oldest made me a fruit salad in the Primary Colors! I cannot recommend a better way to improve your life than by encouraging children to paint freely, whatever they wish!
And as a counterbalance to all this joy, tonight I am offering the poem from which the title of this recent prizewinning book of poems is taken:
Natural resources (the gutting of a continent):
You and three others are approaching a lake
The day of the pioneer may have passed its noon
but it still runs strong
It is after six. What is your procedure?
The history of the material conquest
the history of every other
rich and virgin area
Free experimentation, trial and error
No job for academic philosophers
Those hunters who slew bird and lynx
as their stomachs and their safety demanded---
is it more than you would have done?
The error is material--it's an island ahead. You are already in the lake.
An oil well is a hole in the ground about a quarter of a mile deep
into which a man may put a small fortune
or out of which he may take a big one.
There were housewives, children
shelter and clothing
The island turned over
in a canoe
Anna Moschovakis, from YOU AND THREE OTHERS ARE APPROACHING A LAKE, Coffee House Press, 2011, pp 28-29.
The poem seems to end here. (There are only five lines on page 29.) And yet it seems to continue onto the next two pages, which I plan to give you tomorrow night.
at 8:09 PM