Like the mixing salt and fresh water
making it not favorable for either species,
we have come to a brackish place —
marsh grass obscuring our view, and we,
like young crabs, hiding from imagined predators.
This day set to give rest to laborers
is not a weekend, back to school,
or merchandise on sale. Science confirms
this is not the end of summer —
then why am I so terribly sad?
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.
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.