“nothing better”

“nothing better”


“A non-practicing shy person” self-labeled the flamboyant shaman. “Who are you really, wanderer?” William Stafford, the pacifist recites his passionate verse. Through most of the summer the reclusive towees only show themselves in voice: “Drink your tea!” but in spring’s mating season they hop about like gaudy robins.  “A time to every purpose,” ripened wheat stems decorated with rainbow colors,* and then the preacher: “nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works.”  Be content with this patchwork of light and dark, a semi-shuttered view, sun bursts through clouds and night with dreams, memories, and hope.


 *modeled after Ben Shahn’s Ecclesiastes. Credits also include Martin Prechtel, the flamboyant storyteller shaman & http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/ for the free on-line drawing program used in my wheat adaptation of Shahn’s wonder.

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