Frost Apple by dosankodebbie

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This Etegami was inspired by the Robert Frost poem “After Apple-Picking.” It speaks of winter, weariness, sleep (death?), and tasks not completed. Here are the first 13 lines of the 42-lined poem:


My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.

Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with thoughtful words on thick washi cards.


sumi ink, gansai paints, washi paper

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • davvi
    davvialmost 4 years ago

    well done,Friend.

  • Thank you, davvi, you are always encouraging.

    – dosankodebbie

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you! :D

    – dosankodebbie

  • HPJapan
    HPJapanalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Debbie – I can smell that apple. Will have to go out and find some now : )

  • Lisa Knechtel
    Lisa Knechtelover 3 years ago

    I LOVE this piece. LOVE. Hope you win the contest!

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 3 years ago

    like this VERY much, Debbie!! my grandparents were apple orchardists, so i Love all things “apple”…

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...10 months ago


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