Giving Thanks. Dark though it is





William S. Merwin, 1927-2019, American

from Migration: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2005)







with the night falling






Photo taken in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia by the Woman who posts Poems on the Front of her House, 2018




                                 we are saying thank you



we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings





The Brooklyn Bridge (Variation on an Old Theme), 1939, oil on canvas.  Joseph Stella, 1877-1946, American.  Whitney Museum of (North) American Art, NY





we are running out of the glass rooms






Windows in the contemporary galleries at MOMA, NY taken through a prism, 2016 




with our mouths full of food





Glass case with pies, 1962, burlap soaked in plaster, painted with enamel, with pie tins, in glass and metal case. 

Claes Oldenburg, born 1929,  American. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC



                          to look at at the sky




A scene from a 5-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time, by William Kentridge,  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.  William Kentridge, born 1955, South African.

Its subjects were time and space, and the legacy of colonialism and the industrial revolution.




and say thank you






As below




we are standing by the water thanking it






Detail of State Park, 1946, tempera on composition board.  Jared French, 1905-1988, American.  Whitney Museum of (North) American Art



standing by the windows looking out






Window, 1968, oil on canvas. 

Gerhart Richter, German born 1932.  Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC




in our directions




back from a series of hospitals 





Modern Day Miracle, 1988, acrylic on canvas.

  Robert Colescott, 1925-2009, American.  On exhibit in 2019 at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia in 30 Americans, painting from the Rubell Family Collection



                      back from  a mugging




 Die.  American People Series #20, oil on canvas, 1967.  Faith Ringgold, born 1930, American.  MOMA, NY




after funerals we are saying thank you






Woman carrying A Coffin;  c.1936  oil and Duco on panel. 

Luis Arenal Bastar, 1909-1985, Mexican.  On exhibit at Philadelphia Museum’s exhibition:  Paint the Revolution:  Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950.  2016





after the news of the dead

whether or not we knew them we are






Threnody II, 1987, oil on linen.  Leon Golub, 1922-2004.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia



saying thank you







Incoming, 2016-2017, oil on canvas.  Keegan Monahan, American born 1986,  Whitney Biennial, 2019



over telephones we are saying thank you





Detail of Incoming, 2016-2017, oil on canvas.  Keegan Monahan, American born 1986,  Whitney Biennial, NY, 2019




in doorways 






The approach to Dwarkadish, western Gujerat state. 2010.

One of the holiest of the sites of Lord Krishna. A blessing to be there. A blessing to hold the experience in memory.




      and in the backs of cars and in




Horizontal escalator between the West and East Wings of the National Gallery, Washington, DC 




remembering wars






The Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster.  National Gallery, Washington DC.  The actual memorial is in Boston, MA

  Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848-1907, American. 

The Massachusetts 54th Regiment was the first raised with African Americans during the North American Civil War. Robert Gould Shaw, from a prominent Massachusetts  abolitionist family, offered to lead the regiment.

Colonel Shaw was killed in the attack on Fort Wagner in South Carolina  in  July 1863 along with 258 of 600 in this regiment.  Who nevertheless acquitted themselves honorably.




and the police at the door

and the beatings on stairs we are saying

thank you





Police Beating (Untitled), 1943; ink, graphite, watercolor on paper. 

Norman Lewis, 1909-1979, American. On exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art, Philadelphia in 2015




in the banks we are saying thank you







 In a metro station in lower Manhattan, New York.  Tom Otterness, American born 1952





in the faces of the officials








Government Bureau, 1956, egg tempera on wood.  George Tooker, 1920-2011, American. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY   





The Subway, 1950, tempera on composition board.  George Tooker, 1920-2011, American.  Whitney Museum of (North) American Art, NY





and the rich

and of all who will never change






US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at UN Headquarters, New York, 2019




we go on saying thank you thank you





Jennifer Angus, Wonder, the Renwick, Smithsonian, DC 2015-06

In Midnight’s Garden, cochineal, various insects, mixed media, 2015.

  Jennifer Angus, born Canada, 1961.  Part of an exhibition about Wonder made for the re-opening of The Renwick (the Smithsonian Museum of American Art), Washington, D.C. 





with the animals dying around us


taking our feelings we are saying thank you







Blue Ombre, mixed media sculpture, 2016.  Tasha Lewis, American.  On exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 2016




with the forests falling faster than the minutes






The Pine Barrens, New Jersey, August 2016





of our lives we are saying thank you


with the words going out like cells of a brain






To Weave Through Time, 1979, acrylic on canvas.  John E. Dowell, Jr., American born 1941.  Philadelphia Art Museum






with the cities growing over us






Standing While All Around Are Sinking, , 1977, etching and aquatint.  Roger Brown, 1941-1997, American.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC




A fig tree eating its label.  Winterthur, Delaware, 2019





we are saying thank you faster and faster




with nobody listening we are saying thank you






Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil. 

Mahatma Ghandi’s Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujerat.





thank you we are saying and waving






Gravestone in snow in Old Pine Street Church, built 1768, Philadelphia where volunteers have marked the grave of every soldier who died in the Revolutionary War with an American flag and details of the life and death.





dark though it is







As below



2 lanterns, 1723-1735, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), China; porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration.  The flowers are for peace, unity and longevity



Detail of Painting for My Dad, 2011, oil on canvas, and detail. 

Noah Davis, 1983-2015, American. Whom the god’s loved.

Exhibited at the Barnes Foundation in 2019 in 30 Americans from the Rubell Family Collection