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, June 13, 2010

Beile's Breakfast-time Flower Dance II, 2010

"Beile's Breakfast-time Flower Dance"

Fences –markers of separation –
Separating yours, theirs, and mine.
But what’s to do with such a sight
Dancing in the morning breeze?

Reaching to fill the breakfast kettle,
My eye strays over my neighbors yard.
I tell myself, no, not covetousness; it’s joy!
Each does toil, work the soil, for sheer delight.

But what’s to do? - Yards away, then the fence.
That fence, a defense, against straying eyes?
A long, wet spring, now these! Yet over there!
I want to see, from where they see. Do I dare?

I skirt the fence, and then I’m there, down low.
They dance in the sunlight, before adoring eyes.
Fried eggs fluttering in the breeze, so frail,
The morning lights bleed through their whites.
--John Walford, for Bill and Meg Beile,
with much affection, June 13, 2010

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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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