eagle’s flight – Speak to Me – no forgetting – 10/16/14

We arrived early for Friday evening football: Stanford vs. Washington State because we were afraid traffic and parking would be a problem. It wasn’t. But to fill the time, we visited the “Anderson Collection at Stanford University”. A private collection of Modern and Contemporary American art that has been donated to the school. I didn’t expect too much when my wife suggested we go there, but I’m very glad we went through the exhibit. Several of the paintings and sculptures struck me in different ways as I stood before them and let them speak to me. I wrote down what I felt as I wandered through one of the paintings. I’d love to go back and see what other conversations await me there.

This painting is 9 ½ feet tall, and 12 feet wide. Rather imposing.

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Clyfford Stilll – 1957 – J No. 1 (PH-142) (1957)

http://anderson.stanford.edu/collection/1957-j-no-1-ph-142-by-clyfford-still/

Speak to Me Clyfford Still
– no forgetting –

standing before
peering in
absorbed

red recedes
white
 black
beckons
calls me in

not ablaze
yet somehow alive
before me

towers
black
advance
pressing urgent attention towards me
inviting intense
participation

forest behind
pages of history
local
distant
far away
remembers castles

birds splash
color motion

yellow

paint peeled on
in layers
of time
urge
no forgetting

no forgetting

( used by permission – for non-commercial use )

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About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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