A new-to-me artist whose work I like very much – Anna Ancher. This picture seemed right for this time of year, though really it belongs earlier.
I am reading random poems from John Frederick Nims’ book The Powers of Heaven and Earth. You might remember the post from September 21st of one of his poems. However, that was the only one I knew from his work. This book of new and selected poems has poems from many decades and some are very short and strike to the heart. For instance:
Crutches and Canes
Feisty old men, their battle cry a cough,
Waggle their sticks at earth, to warn it off.
“Whoso lusts….In his heart…” The saying’s dire.
Yet some demur: He’s worthier of hellfire
Who, with God’s latest, loveliest work in sight,
Stifles the radiant impulse of delight.
In the midst of all the health issues worrying those of my age and generation, let me never stifle any radiant impulses of delight.
My sour gum/Tupelo tree in the back yard is becoming very glorious though it would show off more successfully if the sun would shine on it somewhat more! But alas, we are having many days of gray skies and drizzle. Still, I know the rain is a protection for the trees, shrubs and perennial plants through the winter days to come. I’m such a Pollyanna. But there are worse things to be.
I do not like the steadily decreasing daylight! But my knowledge of what is to come is tempered by the thoughts of holidays to come in the next months, holidays with all my family only minutes apart, and also considerations of Stephen’s frequent wistful questions of, “When will it be snow time”? He cannot wait. I can.