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, December 28, 2008

Adoration of The Shepherds, Christmas 2008

Adoration: A Winter Wonder

I wandered through the woods at night,
The air was warmer than weeks gone by,
The wind was stiller, the sky was clear,
Here I was close to New Year.
Yet still some days lay ahead,
Before the old year was quite dead.
A break from teaching
Time did allow,
To wander, reflecting,
On then and now.
I thought about the year behind,
Those students who struggled
Tormented in mind.
Why do such people,
Strong and young,
Their lives barely begun,
Yet struggle so?
How to point them to the light?
How to offer hope, my plight?
And then it happened,
My breath did seize,
My body quivered,
Ill at ease.
For there, in shadow,
A group I saw,
Of men who did
A shining babe adore.

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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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