W.S. Merwin, 1927-2019, American
from The Drunk in the Furnace, 1960
Oakleaf hydrangea, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every Summer
Be of this brightness dyed
Phlox, Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, Delaware, July 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
Native Turk’s Cap and Canada Lilies, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer
Blue dogbane setting off black-eyed susans, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer
Goldenrod, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, Pennsylvania, every Summer
Into voids finally
Native, perennial hibiscus thought to be the only one such on the east coast of the US. Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer
Hibiscus, the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, every Summer
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 every Summer
Be of their hush
Indian Pink (as in pinking shears) greeting the oaktree in the meadow garden, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware, every Summer
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, as above.
Islands are not forever,
Nor this light again,
Native wild hydrangea varieties (Arborescens) at Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware in 2019
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. With loving thanks.
That fears no other.