Andrew Wyeth, by Therése Halscheid
A man painting the same farm, a single hill
a thousand times and never tiring.
A man wandering through stark hours,
using a brush to bring alive
a profound moment
on a tree --
something as quiet as a bare branch, a split log,
objects honest as lit windows
of moonbeams working
upon the fading patches of snow,
of tilted pails, the barn, its
uneven beams, the wild hillside
and those who endured it,
down to the simplest gestures
of earth, and what the leaves were
So many years, and still
his eyes are in awe
of the rugged truths which pause, open
and spread out for him
by a land that forms stories
from sun and shadow
especially the dark lines
in the grass, the varied tracks
from every vehicle which has driven through
but always moved on. And how
he never moves
on, not that way --
perhaps for him, moving means to remain
in the same place, going deeper.
Therése Halscheid: "My latest collection, Frozen Latitudes (Press 53), received an Eric Hoffer Book Award. Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, and a Puddinghouse Press Greatest Hits chapbook award. My poetry and lyric essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Natural Bridge, Sou’wester, among others. I hold an MA and MFA, and have taught in varied settings, including an Eskimo tribe in northern Alaska, and the Ural Mountains of Russia. For the past two decades, I have chosen to live simply by house-sitting, as to write in unique environments. My photography chronicles my journey, and has been in juried exhibitions. Website: ThereseHalscheid.com."
Adele M. bourne
9/6/2021 01:26:48 am
So delighted to read this! Thank you!!!
9/6/2021 04:04:11 pm
Lynne A. Kelleher
9/7/2021 07:35:19 am
Thank you for a great start to my morning. Beautiful!
9/7/2021 08:22:12 pm
Thank you for your comments everyone ... and thank you cousin Lynne ... you made my day. Ekphrastic Journal does an incredible job in blending art and poetry.
9/7/2021 09:09:43 pm
Thank you Therese and congratulations. What a moving tribute to an amazing artist.
9/7/2021 09:37:51 pm
Penelope Scambly Schott
9/10/2021 12:37:09 am
I really like this. It's fun to see what you are up to!
9/17/2021 09:13:26 pm
Wow. Beautiful poem, wonderful production values. I think you and I discussed this twelve or thirteen years ago.
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