Category: Beauty

Poem for Georgia O’Keeffe

The ripples of a life:
Your black iris hangs
In my study–
(the walls are grey and
you would approve);
How could you know the beauty
You would bring into our lives
You, who painted flowers
big to make us see–
Intensity of color to
Mirror intensity of soul,
And, having found
Expression, tranquillity of

You couldn’t have known, not truly.
You were simply working hard,
Faithful to what you saw.

You painted your way
And your passing grieves me.

Published in HARD ROW TO HOE, Reviews From Rural America (Winter 1994, Vol III).

The print referred to is from a showing of O’Keeffe’s work at The Madison Art Center:  Paintings 1919 – 1977.
March 3 –  April 29, 1984. 

“Let The Beauty…” Psalm 90

And let

the beauty

of the LORD

our God

be upon us:

and establish thou

the work of our hands

upon us;


the work of our hands

establish thou it.

The above is the last verse of Psalm 90 (KJV). 

I placed the words into this form.

The table in the photo belonged to Grace and Walter Brandt.  My mother’s parents. 

Photo by Karl Olinger.