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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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wildflowers Dance in the Morning Sunlight, July 2008.JPG

Wildflowers dance
In the morning sunlight.
No one called them forth;
They chose their spot,
And there dropped seed,
Sprouting, to beckon me forth,
To start, once more, my day.
But days thereafter,
Smashed by storm-struck tree,
Crushed flowers let me see,
How vital, always, to "Carpe diem."
--JW, 8/02/08, last four lines added, 08/07/08

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  1. Love this! I too find myself inspired by the beauty of my (fledgling) garden in the morning. Always a joy to read the blog, especially at work : )

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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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