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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day, and a Dust of Snow, originally uploaded by Idea-man.

This winter landscape was made on Christmas day, in Croatia, by Idea Man. The original is posted to Flickr, see:

In response, I wrote this for him:
Christmas Day, and a Dust of Snow:

Snow lies,
Like an ice-blue carpet,
Across your lake.
Where water still holds
Autumn warmth,
The snow, it burns off,
Leaving open patches,
As in the ether, above the poles,
Reminding all of
Global warming.
Stay warm, Idea Man,
Stay warm, stay warm,
Till Spring push through
Once more,
The crocuses,
And daffodils,
Laughing now at Winter chill,
Readying their strength,
To push up through the soil,
And gladden our hearts,
When the winds of Spring,
Sweep through
Your icy plains.

--John Walford, Christmas day, 2007.
(This will be the only poem I will write today, and is dedicated to "Idea Man" for so enriching my life with fun, laughter, wicked humor, and some, uncommon sense.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh gosh, again I remain humbled and honored by the attention that I obtain from a art history professor non the less; both as a amateur photographer and as a friend. Thank U very much John and merry Christmas!


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I am a British-born, retired art historian, who taught in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and twelve grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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