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Respectable men have witnessed terrible things,
And rich and poor things extraordinary,
These murder-haunted years. Even so, even so,
Respectable men seem still respectable,
The ordinary no less ordinary,
For our inherited features cannot show
More than traditional grief and happiness
That rise from old and worn and simple springs.
How can an eye or brow
Disclose the gutted towns and the millions dead?
They have too slight an artistry.
Between us and the things that change us
A covenant long ago was set
And is prescriptive yet.
A single grief from man or God
Freely will let
Change in and bring a stern relief.
A son or daughter dead
Can bend the back or whiten the head,
Break and remould the heart,
Stiffen the face into a mask of grief.
It is an ancient art.
The impersonal calamities estrange us
From our own selves, send us abroad
In desolate thoughtlessness,
While far behind our hearts know what they know,
Yet cannot feel, nor ever express
…Edwin Muir

These days I go out into my garden and the flowers are blooming as usual, calm and beautiful, knowing nothing of the world’s tragedies…as the poem says “respectable men still seem respectable”…
There is nothing to show that we know what terrible “impersonal calamities” surround us in these “murder haunted years”…but as the poet says, the heart knows
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The background of this work contains painted impressions of a variety of leaves from my garden….Watercolour on Arches Not paper…view large…

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zroback5 months ago


    Respectable men have witnessed terrible things,
    And rich and poor things extraordinary,
    These murder-haunted years. Even so, even so,
    Respectable men seem still respectable,
    The ordinary no less ordinary

    To learn more about this work, click description above…

  • – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumker5 months ago

    Nice work ! Love the bird added ! Hugs

  • Thanks so much Tom…I really appreciate it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke5 months ago

    Gorgeous work Janis. A lovely piece and explanation.

  • Thanks so much Bunny…lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon ski5 months ago

    so vibrant and alive Janis, truly lovely work here.

  • Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment Yvonne…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werby5 months ago

    Gorgeous colors and light within, Janis!!! I guessed it was yours before seeing your name!!!!

  • That’s really good to know Susan…thank you so much..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werby5 months ago

    Stunning as a tote too! Fave for all!!!

  • Thanks again…I also love the pillow and will get one for myself.. :)

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Anthony McCracken
    Anthony McCracken5 months ago

    Incredible use of colors, great job, love it!! :-))

  • Thanks so much Anthony…I really appreciate it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • metriognome
    metriognome5 months ago

    1 image/24hrs

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted5 months ago

    07-21-14 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thanks so much…I really appreciate it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore5 months ago

    Yes the heart knows; and I imagine words spreads far and wide among the birds, too. The magenta in the painting seems to speak of passion, the yellow, of hope.

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Frannie…this work is my new fave and I am going to purchase some for myself… the background contains impressions of a variety of leaves from my garden…

    – © Janis Zroback

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