July 16, 2018

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 25, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From A Dog Has Died Ai, I’ll not speak of sadness here on earth, of having lost a companion who was never servile. His friendship for me, like that of a porcupine withholding its authority, was the friendship of a star, aloof, with no more intimacy than was called for, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 18, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) From Out of Metropolis We’re headed for empty-headedness, the featureless amnesias of Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, states rich only in vowel sounds and alliteration. We’re taking the train so we can see into the heart of the heart of America framed in the windows’ cool oblongs of light. We want cottages, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 11, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt On the rough diamond, the hand-cut field below the dog lot and barn, we rehearsed the strict technique of bunting. I watched from the infield, the mound, the backstop as your left hand climbed the bat, your legs and shoulders squared […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 4, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Loving Working Work was a shining refuge when wind sank its tooth into my mind. Everything we love is going away, drifting – but you could sweep this stretch of floor, this patio or porch, gather white stones in a bucket, rake the patch for future planting, mop the […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 28, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed: a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 21, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) August These fields know no idle hours they are kept by wind and by the sudden storms that strip illusion back, which open up creeks among a few stones and send the startled cows to cover. These fields cannot, of course, relax. Through them, all night, all day, the […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 14, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • For is there a thought in the wide world so sweet, As that God has so cared for us, bad as we are, That He thinks of us, plans for us, stoops to entreat, And follows us, wander we ever so far? From The Remembrance of Mercy […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 7, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Sonnet Forty I understand that matter can be changed To energy; that maths can integrate The complex quantum jumps that must relate The fusion of the stars to history’s page. I understand that God in every age Is Lord of all; that matter can’t dictate; That […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 31, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The Need of Being Versed in Country Things The house had gone to bring again To the midnight sky a sunset glow. Now the chimney was all of the house that stood, Like a pistil after the petals go. The barn opposed across the way, That […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: July 24, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) Blessing When the World is Ending Look, the world is always ending somewhere. Somewhere the sun has come crashing down. Somewhere it has gone completely dark. Somewhere it has ended with the gun, the knife, the fist. Somewhere it has ended with the slammed door, the shattered hope. Somewhere […]