In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Summer

Chamisso-Platz 39 x 29 cm





FINALE LIGURE*

Guess what comes from this place? Here follows the Birth of Pesto:
fresh basil and olive oil plus garlic crushed with a pestle
in a deep narrow bowl and
mixed with pasta then sprinkled with old parmesan,
on the table a fiasco of Vino Rosso di Toscana,
not a fine wine but a very robust one, yes, a muscular robust
wine of the earth rather than of the air—which is
doggerel a semi-poetic wine dealer might recite—
the stucco façade of the ancient farm house 
peeled back in places
to reveal
its original brick sub-structure,
decay does wonders for some buildings,
fireflies bobbing and weaving above the lawn
on hot summer evenings, sun-drunk boxers, the thickness of trees
and ivy hanging
heavily as if held there  
by the dark yellow and purpling light. Sometimes 
it’s hard to believe that we are a part of all this gorgeous stuff,

we sit back and try to be satisfied
with our good fortune but it feels like
television somehow, a story
belonging to someone else,
though in a way similar to us,
an actor mired in middle-age, say, walking 
through a cool, high ceilinged room
forgetting his lines, tripped up by a carpet,
knocking over an expensive vase, spooking the cat, and thinking perhaps
that decay doesn’t do wonders for most people, not in this life.


*Finale Ligure is a small town on the Italian Riviera.




 

 Vivaldi's Concerto No.2 in G minor "Summer" 3rd Movement
 Nigel Kennedy performs "a la Citadelle", 2005, France
with the Polish Chamber Orchestra

2 comments:

  1. Kenneth this one is exceptional. One to keep, and to read in midwinter when warmth is but an absent memory.

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  2. Thank you so much, Niall, I appreciate it. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

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