Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for Roundup.
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Today's poem is a companion piece to last week's "Courage Has Four Feet." Perhaps this is a theme I'll revisit during this year of ArtSpeak: Animals? We'll see! Meanwhile, enjoy Dürer's Little Owl from way back in the Northern Renaissance, when "animal paintings" became a genre of art.
Like Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer aimed to be precise and often used real (stuffed) specimens as models for his work. At the time, these pieces were considered more "craft" than "art." I'm kind of in love with them and will be featuring quite a few of Dürer's animals this year. :)
Here's a quote that celebrates the beauty of what's "real," the idea that governed these artists' work:
"Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has the insight to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end." - Albrecht Dürer
Something to think about as we write our poems: what makes them beautiful?
Thank you so much for reading!
Wisdom Has Wide Eyes
it blends in,
listens to starshimmer,
across cruelest hours
the sky cannot be