Haven-Heaven….I have desired to go….

For Jean and Sharyn Augustson who liked nothing more than to go to their haven-heaven of a farm in Finger Lakes, NY and to give us of its bounty year after year.

 Requiescant

 

Gerald Manley Hopkins, Anglican priest and poet, 1844-1889, British

 

A nun takes the veil

 

 

I have desired to go

 

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Black Doorway 1 and details, 1966, oil on canvas with objects.  Elizabeth Osborne, born 1936, American. On display 2016/2017, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

 

 

St Mary 2, Philadelphia March 2010

Doors leading out of Old St. Mary’s, built in 1763, Philadelphia.  The second Roman Catholic church to be built in the city and at a time when Roman Catholic churches were not permitted to be built where the British ruled

 

Where springs not fail

 

 

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Quarry Garden, Winterthur, Delaware.  Every summer the Japanese primrose are in bloom

To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail

 

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Winterthur, Delaware, 2016

And a few lilies blow

 

 

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Lily native to the eastern US.  West Shokan, New York

 

 

Oriental hybrid lily, Longwood Conservatory, Pennsylvania, Spring 2017

 

And I have asked to be

 

Flowers from Jean and Sharyn Augustson May 20 103 1

A gift of April lilacs set with tulips from the late Jean and the late Sharyn Augustson, the most generous of neighbours, in front of a coloured glass window from a parochial school in Philadelphia, installed 1930s

Where no storms come,

 

 

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TBD, Philadelphia Art Museum

Where the green swells in the havens dumb

 

 

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Garden, West Shokan, NY, before 2015

And out of the swing of the sea

 

 

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Views of the meadow garden, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware. Summer 2016

2 thoughts on “Haven-Heaven….I have desired to go….

  1. A gentle, gracious and kind offering to two departed neighbours. You have suggested all the beauty and natural settings where they must now be – in memory and in evolving transformation. Thank you for sharing
    Susannah

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