I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can't bear without a friend,
I can't love without a sister.
The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age:
the landscape like a line in the psalm book,
is seriousness and weight and eternity.
What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights with us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.
When we win it's with small things,
and the triumph itself makes us small.
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestlers' sinews
grew lone like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.
Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.
Currently, on sale in Savannah is the Romana Riley Elementary School, a 1920s-era school building, that has been deteriorating in 1990 when the school closed because of poor conditions. Since then, the school was being used as an alternative education center for designated felons. Now, it stands completely empty. Today I had the privilege of tagging along with Julia's class as they had the opportunity of exploring this gem. Much of it has been left exactly as it was twenty years ago. Chalkboards are filled, desks are scattered, wallpaper is pealing, and inspirational educational posters are still hanging. It is amazing.
Mixing human forms and flower trees, Matt Wedel has created a HUGE body of work with just two subject matters. He does them over and over again, each time getting something slightly different. All of them are so beautiful and make me wish I would have thought of them first. The color! The shape! The simplicity of form! Oooo la la! Check out more of his work here. There is A LOT to look at!
Adam and Eve were created for one another and then they sinned, thus causing a separation. The relationship between solitude and community has thrown my world upside down and I haven't been able to figure it out. GOOD NEWS! It is confusing and that is okay. I feel stuck between both worlds, but so has everyone else. It is normal and that has been so lovely to learn today.