art and poetry that resonates

"It is at the edge of a petal that love waits." (William Carlos Williams).




Christopher Marley is an artist obsessed with insects... "We do not love nature because it is beautiful; we find beauty in nature because we are a part of it, and it is a part of us." 



Andersen, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Eleanor Vere Boyle, illustrator. 
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872.

The fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen are simply told and spiritually profound...  "Just living is not enough ... one must have sunshine, freedom , and a little flower." 


Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss




Spiders are solitary creatures. The females tend to be aggressive, killing the smaller, weaker males after sex. I'm strictly an amateur entomologist, but in my imagination this tiny unidentified spider is protectively, patiently, kindly, lovingly touching her egg sac with one of her 8 legs. Nature is not "red in tooth and claw" all the time.

Some things are better expressed in poetry and 
pictures than with everyday words.




Comments

  1. Sue,
    Very nice post. I remember as a child I loved reading fairy tales. I also recall that the illustrations in the books were always full of color, flowers, birds, insects, and animals. I don't know what children's books look like today, but I hope they are still filled with the same kind of artistic beauty.
    Jane

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    1. The good ones are still filled with artistic beauty. I think they are worth reading even as an adult.

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  2. I very like the illustration and words about sitting by a stream to listen. Dead right.

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    1. and there's not a mobile phone in sight!

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  3. Your last sentiment is so graceful and true. Sometimes the thoughts of these talented writers take my breath away. They help to make sense of the world.

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    1. Thanks, Beth - it's all about creating meaning, I think.

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  4. that collage of bugs is endlessly satisfying, so neatly fitted together.

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    1. Wonderful and unusual artist - he has other works also worth checking out.

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  5. The artworks of Christopher Marley are amazing. But your photograph of that little spider also looks like a beautiful painting.

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    1. thanks, Denise, it was a mobile phone job and I was really pleased with the result.

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