I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, Eyes..
I wonder if it weighs like Mine
Or has an Easier size.
I wonder if They bore it long
Or did it just begin
I could not tell the Date of Mine
It feels so old a pain
I wonder if it hurts to live
And if They have to try
And whether..could They choose between
It would not be..to die
I note that Some, gone patient long,
At length, renew their smile..
An imitation of a Light
That has so little Oil
I wonder if when Years have piled
Some Thousands on the Harm
That hurt them early..such a lapse
Could give them any Balm
Or would they go on aching still
Through Centuries of Nerve
Enlightened to a larger Pain
In Contrast with the Love
The Grieved are many…I am told.
There is the various Cause..
Death is but one..and comes but once
And only nails the eyes
There’s Grief of Want..and grief of Cold..
A sort they call “Despair”
There’s Banishment from native Eyes
In Sight of Native Air
And though I may not guess the kind.
Correctly..yet to me
A piercing Comfort it affords
In passing Calvary.
To note the fashions…of the Cross,
And how they’re mostly worn…
Still fascinated to presume
That Some, are like My Own.Emily Dickinson
12 x14 is a bit of an anomaly for me, and is the beginning of a new journey….painted in watercolour on Arches Rough Paper it is also part of the Abstract Collection and the Tools Series……the title refers to numbers and shapes and lengths, a carpenter, tools, math, metaphor, humanity, stories…..
There are so many layers to the painting…as part of the tool series, it is a picture of nails, but once you get past that, it turns into something else…the pain of piercing grief, the ties to Christianity, death and eyes nailed shut, the number of triangles which seem to go on to infinity, three points, the measurement of time, the measurement of the nails themselves…the structure that they make which is somewhat like a house…the sharp points etc..etc..and the background which though it seems like a landscape, is also reminiscent of the nails… the poem says so much too…. I hope it helps to get a deeper understanding of the painting