Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Silken Tent

This is one of my favorite Robert Frost poems.

The Silken Tent

She is as in a field a silken tent
At midday when a sunny summer breeze
Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,
So that in guys it gently sways at ease,
And its supporting central cedar pole,
That is its pinnacle to heavenward
And signifies the sureness of the soul,
Seems to owe naught to any single cord,
But strictly held by none, is loosely bound
By countless silken ties of love and thought
To every thing on earth the compass round,
And only by one's going slightly taut,
In the capriciousness of summer air,
Is of the slightest bondage made aware.


In looking for images for this poem, I found the website of artist Joanna Tlok, who does lovely oil paintings of landscapes composed of silk fabric. Please visit it at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

For Cathy

When You Wish Upon a Star

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Music by Leigh Harline / Lyrics by Ned Washington

Performed in the Disney movie "Pinocchio" by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards)

1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song; ranked seventh in "100 Greatest Songs in Film History" by the American Film Institute.