Raising the Roof
A mad professor, the roof ‘tis true did raise
All the better, to voice creation’s praise.
The professoressa, admittedly did flee,
To the basement, warm, at peace to be.
The coldest December in many a year,
Indeed did deliver the worst you could fear,
Sending shivering draughts through our home,
So bad, sometimes the professor was left alone.
Such madness though, its upside had,
Tradesmen, jobless, showed up for work,
Grateful for the Christmas money,
From this home of milk and honey.
Who heard of builders keeping to time?
In this economy, its been sublime!
Ahead of schedule, everything flies,
And at three percent, loans seem a prize.
The professor’s den will soon be done,
Artwork already has been hung,
Heating now the best we ever had,
Room for books, makes my heart glad.
Soon desk, computer, files and more,
Under the roof will find place galore,
And the old man, with a gleeful smile,
Contentedly, can old age beguile.
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.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Raising the Rafters for a New Work Space, seen from North-West, Nov 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.