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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

foto_morgana / Frans Devriese's "Litang (理塘, Gaochengxiang), Qudenggabu chorten #12," 2007

foto_morgana / Frans Devriese ' s "Litang (理塘, Gaochengxiang), Qudenggabu chorten #12," of 2007, masterfully--as usual--puts before our eyes the intent gaze of a little Chinese-Tibetan child. (For the original post by foto_morgana / Frans Devriese, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/devriese/2130651486/)

I gaze imaginatively --through my monitor--during this, the first hours of the year 2008, into the eyes of this little child. This child is living on the other side of the globe from me. Our circumstances are almost totally different, yet I am captivated and I wonder:

Little Child with The Alert Brown Eyes:

Little child, with such alert brown eyes,
Your penetrating gaze, looks up at me.
Our paths so distant, never will they meet.

Yet the clock runs at the same pace for you.
My hair, the color of your woolen knit,
Your eyes, expectant, while mine are tired.
You gaze up, as I gaze down.
Yet we both know hunger,
Both seek warmth, and love;
Both need to know that we are loved,
Both wonder what lies ahead.
It's not easy, little child,
Not easy to find peace.
Love has to be worked at;
And food toiled for;
Pains bite deeply.
Shelter, where will it be for you?

What will this year bring to you?
And to me?
We both wonder.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and touching thoughts about how different our fate can be for the only fact of being born in different countries.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching 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. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. 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 eight 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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