The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

GATOR10 by Axollot



Uploaded to Flickr on March 24, 2008 by axollot, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/axollot/2360363370/in/set-7215760424018293/

"Watch where you cool yourself"

Dappled leaves, crisscrossed by tree-trunks
Cast their shadows across the still surface
Of this quiet pool, in which I think to cool myself,
From the steamy heat of a Florida day.
Alas! No sooner did I dip my toe,
And stir the surface of the water,
Than, to my horror, saw
That humped neck,
With bulging eyes,
And long jaws,
Flip round my way,
And snap.

--John Walford, March 27, 2008.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks John for your lovely comment and poem for my picture! Thank goodness for zoom lenses =)

    Cheers
    Sandy
    An Aussie living in Fl

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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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