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never the same twice

Sami on skis in norhtern lights - Frants Diderik Bøe (1820–1891) - public domain winter’s ink has spilled and spread and now is when we...

Autumn Child

Photo Piqsels.com — public domain license autumn child born naked as the season’s trees cradled in a bed of rotting leaves there’s a...

November Days of Saints and Souls

La Toussaint — All Saints’ Day — Emile Friant (1863–1932) — public domain first days of November and Flanders’ graveyards bloom to the...

Aspire

In Autumn Woods - Winslow Homer (1836-1910) - public domain watch the chaos of the wind-swept autumn leaves swirling in the yard trying...

We Are Four

paying my respects to mother nature Worthington glacier, Alaska - photo by authour© One of Four nothing withstands my infinite strength...

The Smell of Old Stone

Old Cemetery (1922) — Guyla Derkovits (1894–1934) — public domain often do I come here to rest my hands on these time-tilted tombs...

This Is My Trench

Old postcard picture of the Trench of Death, Flanders, Belgium — public domain In my lifetime, I’ve been to these two disparate frontline...

Listen. Listen! Can’t you hear?

Das Geheimnis (The Secret) — Felix Nussbaum (1904, Osnabrück–1944, Auschwitz) — public domain Listen. Listen! Can’t you hear? The old...

Not New Amsterdam

The Tower of Babel — Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) — public domain July 1983 — when AIDS first raised its ugly epidemic head...

ode to a potbelly stove

Alpine Kitchen — Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) — public domain they were cold days those old days when we braved the winters in short...

the beggar's tide

The Blind Beggar — Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848–1884) — public domain new moon on the rise and on this dark and empty beach I rage and rage...

mother hangs the linen

La blanchisseuse — Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) — public domain mother hangs the linen and god how empty do I look pinned up by the cuffs...

one last harvest

Farmer with a Pitchfork — Winslow Homer (1836–1910) — public domain slipping into life’s late afternoon I watch my shadow grow and bloat...

Requiem for an ordinary day

Girl Singing to a Lute — Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) — public domain Dear friends, if you agree with me, that poetry is the...

The Power of the Lullaby

Mother at her Child’s Bed — Christian Krohg (1852–1925) — public domain — this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution...

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...