Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SUMMER EVENING

This scene reminds me more of summer evenings in South Georgia, where I grew up, but here in the mountains we linger on our porches as long as we can, the dark surrounding us, kept at bay by our stories and music.  Our memories.

MAGPIE TALES , Edward Hopper, 1947


Three years after I was born
this couple leans against the porch railing,
brought to life by the artist
who must have known how the air settled
around them and stirred again,
how behind the door,  the canvas,
the paint, and the vision,
a window fan sings like the universe 
stitching together its matter and anti-matter,
man and woman,
day and night,
a summer evening in which the 
moment stands hushed,
like the woman to whom the man's face
turns, as if he is almost
about to speak. Silence hangs
heavy as heat almost about
to break.

18 comments:

  1. Silence is so interesting, sometimes safe, sometimes alarming.

    Reminds me of South GA too. Irwin County to be exact.

    Nice magpie.

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  2. "Like the universe stitching its matter and anti-matter"..quite an amazing vision.

    Hopper was so good at his stitching..no one could freeze a moment like he. You're a good stitcher too!!

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  3. Hello Lyn and Goddess, thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Oh, boy. Kay -- you nailed that hot summer evening!

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  5. . Silence hangs
    heavy as heat almost about
    to break....


    profound.
    well done.

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  6. You made silence so interesting and very appealing...
    Lovely Magpie...

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  7. Thank you all. I'm always amazed by how certain paintings bring the imagination back from lethargy (in my case hot weather lethargy).

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  8. Beautiful, evocative write, Kay. You wrapped this hushed summer night into a lovely package. Nice to see you at Magpie, dear friend.

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  9. Thank you, Tess. Magpie always gives me a lift!

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  10. Oh, that closing line is lovely!

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  11. Solid scene-setting, great finish.

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  12. Silence hang heavy. Sums it all up beautifully.

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  13. Yes, the silence wins it. Lovely. Thank you.

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  14. I grew up in the hot and humid summer nights of St. Louis ... you describe how they feel perfectly.

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  15. Such a beautiful tapestry of words!

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  16. I, to, love the last phrase with heavy silence--so many possible meanings offered.

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  17. Hello, how are you?


    Glad to land in your lovely land of wonders. Excellent talent!

    Hope all is well.

    Appreciated your support to The Gooseberry Garden, your inputs add light to our place, we would love to see you around weekly…

    Random piece or old ones are welcome too.

    Bless you.
    Happy End of August.
    Hope to see you around!
    xoxox

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