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Sunday, November 15, 2009

From Flickr's Lensk - Paolo Avalle, "Hertford-sky1-cat-small"

hertford-sky1-cat-small, originally uploaded by Lensk.

"Ominous Hangs The Threat"

Fox--stealthy creature of the night,
Steals through the long grasses,
Under the shadow of threatening cloud,
Slyly giving a slipping glimpse
To Paolo's yet more stealthy camera.

Man and fox, engaged in outfoxing
Each other, both miss a greater danger,
Spies and soldiers, waiting to drop,
From one silent, stealthy, air balloon,
Before clearing sky exposes all.
--JW, for Paolo Avalle, Nov 15, 2009.

On further reflection on this image:

Actually, this image comes close to the experience of depression, through which I go from time to time, although there is more sense of "hope" here, in the light on the horizon.

However, when depressed, as in this image, where we look towards that light, there hangs there this "ominous" air balloon, the one thing we see in the light we have, and, like depression, it seems that it just won't go away - although, with time, it always does. One just has to ride it out, like waiting for this great balloon to pass.

Yes, Paolo, this is a powerful, and ominous image. Thank you for sharing it with me. I think it is one of the strongest you have made - if not, THE strongest.

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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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