Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Mash-Up of Art and its Inspiration


The River Thames

with

"St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day"

by Canaletto



A remix of old and new London by redditer shystone, who found the locations depicted in 18th and 19th century works and then layered the paintings on top of the contemporary photographs. Sometimes the match up is uncanny.

SOURCES (and more pics): Imgur, The Dish, & My Modern Met

A Powerful Haiku from a Budding Poet


terror in their eyes
children now lost forever
innocent, like me

- Madeleine-Therese Halpert (age 9)

from: Poets Against the War, Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, et al, ed.
{BackStory}

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Day . . .



Imagine

- Sidney Hall, Jr.

A word from a song
Printed brightly on a blue banner
Hung on the highest balcony.

Impossible to imagine
A war that has not begun,
A black-headed boy buried
Along with his soccer ball,
A young mother's broken breast
On a red sidewalk.

A word from a song.

Impossible to imagine
One quarter of a million people
In the streets trying to end
A war that has not begun.

Impossible to imagine the echo
Of incensed humanity
Twisting up the avenue
Between the white buildings,
Or the face of a man next to me in the march,
Under a thick blue hood,
Behind a grey beard,
Crying as secretly as he can.

from: Poets Against the War, Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, et al, ed.
{BackStory}

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cat and Mouse

- Ted Hughes
On the sheep-cropped summit, under hot sun,
The mouse crouched, staring out the chance
It dared not take.
                               Time and a world
Too old to alter, the five mile prospect -
Woods, villages, farms - hummed its heat-heavy
Stupor of life.
                               Whether to two
Feet or four, how are prayers contracted!
Whether in God's eye or the eye of a cat.

Just Because


Monday, April 21, 2014

Kilt Monday!

'Cause let's face it,
Mondays can be so rough, hard, difficult.


Gatha

- Robert Aitken

When people talk about war
I vow with all beings
to raise my voice in the chorus
and speak of original peace.
 
from: Poets Against the War, Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, et al, ed.
{BackStory}