W.S. Merwin, American poet, born 1927
from The Drunk in the Furnace, 1960
Today is Lughnasadh.
Branches and Vine Quilt (Tree of Life), c. 1875 made in Pekin, Illinois of cotton, silk and wool. Ernestine Eberhardt Zaumzeil, 1828-1904. Metropolitan Museum, NY
Be of this brightness dyed
Phlox, Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, Delaware, July 2016, 2017 and every year
A modest plant prized for the fact that it is still blooming, in July and August when most of the big showy bushes and trees are done flowering.
Whose unwrecking fever
Flings gold before it goes
The monarch, Winterthur, Delaware, Summer 2016
The monarch on a butterfly weed, Mt. Cuba, Summer 2017
Canada Lilies, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware
Blue dogbane setting off black-eyed susans, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, 2015
Goldenrod, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, 2015
Flower name TBD; Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, Pennsylvania, Summer 2017
Into voids finally
Native, perennial hibiscus thought to be the only one such on the east coast of the US. Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware
Hibiscus, the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, 2017
That have no measure.
Birmingham Meeting House, 1931, oil on canvas. Horace Pippin,1886-1946, American. Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
An 18th century Quaker Meeting House which still stands near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Island after island,
Waterlilies, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, NY
Be of their hush
Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware, 2016 and every year
On this tide that balance
Adrift, 1982, and detail below, tempera on hardboard panel. Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009, American. Owned by the artist and his wife and exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, 2017.
A time, for a time.
Adrift, 1982, detail, tempera on hardboard panel. Andrew Wyeth, American. Owned by the artist and his wife and exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum, 2017.
Islands are not forever,
Nor this light again,
Ferns, even more unpretentious than phlox, standing their ground. Winterthur, Delaware 2015, 2017 and every year
Tide-set, brief summer,
My Summer Studio, and detail, (Gloucester, Massachusetts), c. 1900, oil on canvas. John Henry Twatchman, 1853-1902, American. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Up from the Woods, 1974, oil on canvas. Carolyn Wyeth, 1909-1994, American. Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Be of their secret
The White Lady, 1986-2015, in a garden on High Point Mountain Road, West Shokan, NY. We were always content there. Happy even.
That fears no other.