Sunday, July 24, 2005
Yeats, Ansley, You, and Me
Frank Ansley, a well-know Saint Helena, CA artist and illustrator is also an avid bocce ball player. Many of his whimsical paintings center around this theme. Several months ago, I referred to him as "The Botticelli of Bocce." Apparently that observation worked on him, and Frank painted "The Birth of Bocce" (shown on the left).
There's something wonderful about inspiring a work of art. There's something even more wondrous in creating that work from nothing. My wife Joyce has frequently asked me where my poetry come from. I'm hard-pressed to answer.
Oh, by the way, Ansley read my first blog posting and commented on Bill Edelen's "Fridge Note" which reads, "Faith is to humans as sand is to ostriches." Frank paraphrased an anonymous author's "God is an invisible friend for grownups."
On a somewhat heavier note, lately Yeat's' great poem The Second Coming is very much with me. Lines like "The falcon cannot hear the falconer" and "the centre cannot hold" keep looping through my mind as though they were news broadcasts. We have so many "rough beasts" out there right now.
Here's a link to the poem. Enjoy The Second Coming.
I'm not feeling all that political this Sunday. Frank Ansley set a nice loose tone with his painting. Yeats will suffice as today's Political as well as Poetical voice.
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