To know that the sun is there – that is living

How We Are Spared, from The Lice, 1967

W.S. Merwin, born 1929, American poet

 

 

At midsummer before the dawn an orange light returns to the mountain

 

 

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Red Sun, oil on canvas, 1935.  Arthur Dove, 1880-1946, American.  The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

 

 

Like a great weight and the small birds cry out

 

 

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Birds; 1950; oil on canvas.  Norman Lewis, 1900-1979, American.  On exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2015 courtesy of Kara and Wayne Fingerman

 

And bear it up

 

 

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Countless Upward; and detail; 1959; crayon, ink and watercolour on paper.   Norman Lewis, 1900-1979, American.  On exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in  2015.  Private Collection, Cleveland

 

 

 

I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there – that is living.

Brothers Karamazov, 1880.   Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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