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


Chamisso-Platz 39 x 29 cm


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


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

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


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