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Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the
O child, do not go out!
The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads
against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are
silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river
is haunted by a deepening gloom.
Our cow is lowing loud, tied at the fence.
O child, wait here till I bring her into the stall.
Men have crowded into the flooded field to catch the fishes
as they escape from the overflowing ponds; the rain-water is
running in rills through the narrow lanes like a laughing boy who
has run away from his mother to tease her.

Listen, someone is shouting for the boatman at the ford.
O child, the daylight is dim, and the crossing at the ferry
is closed.
The sky seems to ride fast upon the madly rushing rain; the
water in the river is loud and impatient; women have hastened home
early from the Ganges with their filled pitchers.
The evening lamps must be made ready.
O child, do not go out!
The road to the market is desolate, the lane to the river is
slippery. The wind is roaring and struggling among the bamboo
branches like a wild beast tangled in a net

It has been raining here for days and days, as hurricane Sandy approaches the east coast of the U.S….raining so steadily that the sky seems wrung out like a grey sponge…
This is a tropical rain, dark and dismal with wind tearing the branches to bits…rain at the end of the day, light struggling to get through the red sky, reflections gleaming in the river…
I painted it to look like an old work with marks of age, like it too was washed up from the Ganges
..Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

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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  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchabout 2 years ago

    fantastic work Janis

  • I had to paint a storm as that is all I could see for the last few days here and on the news…glad you like it…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you so much Syl…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 2 years ago

    Beautifully Bleak……

  • I meant it to be bleak, so thrilled that it came through…thanks so much KJ…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerabout 2 years ago

    Wow! This is beautiful, Janis!

  • Thanks so much Angela…this is not supposed to let up all week, so I have to paint it to keep it in proportion….I am really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Rachael Comisari
    Rachael Comisariabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much Rachael…I really appreciate it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 2 years ago

    doesnt come across as bleak to me (reading comments above me)
    rather comes off as ominous. dangerous forces at play here, unmanageable . . . nature has our respect and we admire her magnificance on the edge of our safety. love the brilliance and the rain pattern.
    Great work Janis.

  • Thanks so much Yvonca…yes that too…storms can be frightening, especially the tropical kind…I have survived many of them and they never cease to inspire awe…I’m really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ingz
    Ingzabout 2 years ago

    so beautiful Janis xx

  • Thank you so much Ingz…I really appreciate it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyabout 2 years ago

    Take care, Janis – that Sandy storm looks nasty! Once again, you have conveyed the essence of the verse in your imagery! :)george

  • We were expecting it to be a lot worse, but so far it haas been steady rain and chilly temps…we only lost power fro a few minutes…so far, not too bad…thanks so much George…glad you like the painting and Tagore’s words….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Eye of the storm coming tonight, so bracing for it and hoping it won’t be too bad here in the North…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 2 years ago

    powerful poem and painting express the relentless power of the elements

  • They certainly have us at their mercy this week…it is barey 5.p.m. and it is so dark….thanks so much Susan…..glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TheCandle
    TheCandleabout 2 years ago

    Love the passion and composition to this.


  • Thank you so much Ernie…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

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