Appreciating a Legend: William Blake

William Blake, portrait, poet,

Photo source: Biography.com

William Blake, English writer, poet and artist, passed on August 12, 1827, after living a mostly unrecognized life so today, let me take a moment to cherish a few of his wonderful creative gifts he left for all to enjoy.

William Blake, quotation, wisdom words, poet, writer

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Then we have a wonderful gift, a poem, The Tiger, but first, a little humor:

The Tiger, comic, Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, Blake, poet

Photo source: entropymag.org, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame they fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
Oh what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the Lamb, make thee?

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Perhaps Blake wrote these words “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love,” to his loyal and supportive wife, Catherine Sophie Boucher. Blake would go on to teach his illiterate wife not only how to read but paint as well.

William Blake, quotation, divine love

Photo source: Pinterest

Do you have a William Blake favorite you like to share to show your appreciation for this wonderful artist?

Until next time, cheers!

 

 

 

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Haiku: Stone Cold Heart

haiku, Carpe Diem Haiku, poetry

in the game of love
she fails at deciphering
ancient pick-up lines

                                      ♦♣♦

Inspired by CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: #788 Rosetta’s Stone.

Spring, I’ve Missed You So . . .

hello dear friend,
Spring . . .
i’ve missed you so

shivering under
Winter’s
cold embrace and Continue reading

Carpe Diem Specials, haiku challenge

Slip Happy Day

It is December. Some may be basking in sunshine, cloudless and warm days but not me. No, this weekend was icy, very cold and wet. Lovely. Nothing like driving on ice or heaven forbid, getting out and walking anywhere…

My sidewalks are dangerous.

winter rain
waxes floor in thin ice
a slip happy day

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And how was your day?

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Inspiration from Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Special featuring master *Hando’s haiku Puddles on the Pavement.

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Carpe Diem Distillation, haiku, inspiration

The River-Merchant’s Wife Haiku Distillation

Hey y’all…today I thought it would be great to dive into another cool Carpe Diem Haiku Kai feature in which you “squeeze” a featured poem and wring out a haiku or a set of haiku poems.

The poem today is:  The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter BY EZRA POUND.

My distillation goes like this…

Artist: Willem de Kooning

playing his guitar
her flowing hair dancing free
music and laughter

too young at sixteen
lacking daddy’s good blessing
they elope for fun

street entertainers
not looking at tomorrow
share an old blanket

ten full seasons pass –
harsh winters finally fold,
on fading couple

river of bright lights
lures him out the door, but she,
in old age still waits

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A tough challenge especially working with such a master poet as Ezra Pound but I appreciate learning the art of haiku by studying classic poetry. Here is one more distillation by Moondustwriter,  Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound and if you go to Carpe Diem link above, you will find more. Enjoy and thank you.

Smiles, laughter and warm blessings!