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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Sunday, September 14, 2008

In Seeing What We Fail To See, 2008

I know some who struggle to see the light on their paths, right now. It happens to all of us at different times. This is for those moments.

"In Seeing, What We Fail To See"

Unseeing, in the painful darkness,
We stare into the void,
Casting around for somewhere,
To find a glimpse,
Even the slightest glimmer
Of warming light,
To relieve the painful
Shadows in our souls.

We chance upon a pool.
There, in the shadows, waiting,
Waiting for our gaze,
Our eye, enchanted,
Lights upon a beauty,
A beauty outside
Yet also, seemingly,
Familiar, inside ourselves.

Hope springs from recognition,
A kindly, kindred spirit,
Affirming what I take for me.
Gazing once more in that pool,
I see another, that is not me.
We gaze together,
Seeing glimmers of light,
Filtered by the shadowed trees.

What joy, we are not alone!
Other faces, familiar,
In the dark shadows seen.
Yet they come and go,
Momentary flickers of light,
Leaving us, in darkness,
Once more cold, alone.
Oh! Mortal pain, we groan.

Yet in that little, woodland pool
I glimpse some light,
Filtered softly, through the trees.
From whence that light?
Look up, look round,
Look where you do not see.
Above the sea, there sets the sun,
There, like birds, together run.

John Walford, dedicated to all those who struggle, alone,
September, 14, 2008

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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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