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Poetic Charity

The Beggar — Edvard Munch (1863–1944) — public domain roaming the streets of Paris like some latter-day Hemingway homeless and down on...

Violin

Fiolspelare (The Violinist )— Pekka Halonen (1865-1933) — public domain no violin is made of a single type of wood and what the master...

Crossroads

Three Children Near a Road Sign — Tadeusz Makowski (1882–1932) — public domain pried loose by rain and wind the signpost at the...

Utlima Thule

Die Lebensstufen — The Stages of Life — Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) — public domain unfurl and hoist your tattered sails steer the...

trickster, trickster, tell me now

Loki cuts the hair of the goddess Sif. An illustration by Willy Pogany from the chapter “How Loki wrought mischief on Asgard” in Children...

Love's Chime

Two Lovers Beneath an Umbrella in the Snow  Suzuki Harunobu (1725 (?)-1770) — public domain she moves in colours only I can see to music...

Checkmate

Two oldtimers playing chess on a Central Park bench in New York City, May 1946. National Archives — public domain toting their armies in...

Estranged

Small courtyard in Flanders — Albert Baertsoen (1866–1922) — public domain walking these narrow streets of cobblestone testimony I should...

Why Wait?

why wait for opportunity to knock when you know it has neither hand nor finger why wait for fate to find you when you know it’s blind...

Arctic Dance

photo by author © midnight and to the north a dogged sun still burns loath to shed her blazing harness and to the south a pale and...

Days of Single

Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) Children's Games (detail) - public domain those were the days of single a single car a single...

Tonight, I'll Seek No Sleep

Mother and Child Sleeping — Eugène Carrière (1849–1906) tonight I’ll seek no sleep because to lie with you is dream enough as your...

A Lifetime Spent

photo by author © spent a lifetime climbing summits taking risks the mountain unforgiving yet failed to touch the stars but that’s...

“TRULY! — TROLLA! — TROLLO!”

Játszó gyermekek — Children playing - Árpád Cserépy (1859–1907) — public domain “TRULY! — TROLLA! — TROLLO!” I watch my children play...

Grey and gently lined

forgive me but these photographs of earlier days only capture a passing reality as day by day I lived with you and never noticed change...

Surrender to a ruin

The farmhouse I pass by the side of this godforsaken mountain road is a ruin, a shell, long abandoned, empty of humanity. Still, you’re...

The thing about stone – Part 2 – Hammers

Watching my father and his men ply their craft, I figured I knew a thing or two about dressing stones. But there’s ‘watching’, and then...

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