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, August 7, 2008

Every Day Ends...


every day ends..., originally uploaded by Crazy Ivory.

"Crazy Ivory" has only been taking serious photographs, and posting them to Flickr, for a few months, yet he already displays a fresh and notable talent.

This piece--not even one of his best--inspired me, however, to write the following lines:

'Every Day Ends"

Every day ends;
Night begins.
Work lies behind,
What remains,
Lies within.

Every day ends,
What did it hold?
What regrets
Carried
Into the night?

We look back
And wonder,
How it might have been..
Never will the moment
Offer itself again.

As sure as the sun sets,
It will raise again.
Tomorrow, wiser,
For reflecting
On each passing day.

Sit on your hillock,
Gaze into the sky.
Seize the moment
To realize afresh,
Each must "Carpe diem!"
--JW, for Ivo, 08/07/08

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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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