Here, under the trees, there’s no sunlight,
only shade from moonlight which invites shades –
ghosts from Hades, if stories are true.
I have come here to meet one
who can tell me what to expect.
I prefer the mythical horse with horn.
Figuratively something desirable but difficult to obtain.
Rather than a billion-dollar start-up company definition.
Leave the myths alone. Set unicorns free.
Stop unraveling the tapestry threads of history.
Though now a true bird, tropically bright
Asian and African kingfisher with colored plumage,
once a mythical bird said by ancients
to breed in a calmed sea-floating nest
at winter solstice, charming wind and waves.
The Halcyon (/ˈhælsiən/) is a genus of the tree kingfishers. In Greek mythology, the goddess Halcyon (Alcyone in Greek) was the daughter of Aeolus, the ruler of the winds. But the bird in Greek legend was one that nested on the sea, which it was able to calm in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest around the time of the winter solstice. This brought two weeks of calm weather and led to the use of halcyon as a term for peace or calmness.
Arrangements of fruit, flowers, glasses, a violin,
objects seemingly unconnected, not unlike my own
still lifes, unpainted, unsketched, preserved in words,
sharing a reflected surface, each a self-portrait.
Life is never still. But we try.
ABOUT THE PAINTINGS:
I first heard about Cezanne’s apples via a quote by Ernest Hemingway that sent me to the library to find the paintings. Cezanne brought back still lifes and made it a popular subject for Picasso, Matisse, Morandi, and Braque. I like that some objects (bottle, basket, fruits) are unbalanced. They are tilted and the whole composition is unlike the balanced and precise placements of earlier still lifes such as those from the Dutch Golden Age. Pieter Claesz was known for his vanitas or still lifes which contain symbols of death or change as a reminder of their inevitability. Shown here is his most famous painting which contains amongst the many objects a glass sphere which shows him at the painting at his easel.