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underground vision of a child, roots and flowers
Lacing Life and Death
oil on linen
81.5 x 13"
2015

Most of the image is underground. When I read Janet Lewis' poem Meadow Turf I could smell fresh dirt. Here are some inspiring phrases: ".... knife-bladed grasses, lacing their roots, lacing The life of the meadow into a deep embrace far underground, .... Springing out of a mould years old; Leaves, living and dead, whose stealing Odors on the cold bright air shed healing- Oh, heart, here is your healing, here among The fragrant living and dead."

Meadow Turf

Goldenrod, strawberry leaf, small
bristling aster, all,
Loosestrife, knife-bladed grasses,
lacing their roots, lacing
The life of the meadow into a deep embrace
Far underground, and all their shoots,
wet at the base
With shining dew, dry-crested with sun,
Springing out of a mould years old;
Leaves, living and dead, whose stealing
Odors on the cold bright air shed healing-
Oh, heart, here is your healing, here among
The fragrant living and dead

Poems Old and New: 1918-1978. Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, Chicago, IL. 1982